18th Century Monk's Belt Coverlet

Description
This coverlet was part of the lining of a quilted counterpane (TE*T14718.00A). The design is known as 'Monks Belt." The counterpane was made about 1790, and the coverlet could be as early as the 1770s. It is made of wool and linen, and the seam is sewn with linen thread. Along the top edge of the coverlet is a woven red tape made of worsted wool, sewn in place with wool yarn. An analysis of the dyestuff used to produce the yellowish color showed it to be a dye found in the bark of Black Oak trees. This type of dye was used well into the 19th century, as the first synthetic dye was not discovered until 1850. The maker and place of manufacture of this coverlet are unknown.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
coverlet
coverlet, monk's belt
date made
1770-1790
maker
unknown
Physical Description
wool (overall material)
linen (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 86 in x 59 1/2 in; 218.44 cm x 151.13 cm
place made
United States
ID Number
TE*T14718
catalog number
T14718.00B
accession number
281922
subject
Domestic Furnishings
Textiles
Colonial Life
Coverlets
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Home and Community Life: Textiles
Coverlets
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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