Double-woven coverlet

Description
According to the donor, this heavily used and worn cotton and wool double-woven coverlet was made in the area of Cambridge, New York, in the early 19th century. The coverlet features a geometric design, with a simple border along three sides. The lower edge has a self-fringe, and the sides have a coarse applied fringe. The weaver and original owner of the coverlet are unknown. In an early 19th century home of an average person, the coverlet may have been the only bright and attractive furnishing, and would have been used regularly. Heavily used coverlets often appear damaged: long exposure to sunlight, abrasion damage, insects, and harsh cleaning techniques all damage cotton, linen, and wool coverlets.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
coverlet, overshot
coverlet, double-woven summer winter
coverlet, summer winter
date made
1800-1850
maker
unknown
Physical Description
cotton and wool (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 92 in x 66 1/2 in; 233.68 cm x 168.91 cm
Place Made
United States: New York, Cambridge
Associated Place
United States: Connecticut
ID Number
TE*T16959
catalog number
T16959.000
accession number
309644
subject
Domestic Furnishings
Textiles
Coverlets
See more items in
Home and Community Life: Textiles
Coverlets
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Dorothy O. Lakes

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