coverlet; overshot; c. 1770; New England

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Description
This “Monk’s Belt,” orange, blue, brown, and white coverlet was repurposed during its life as the batting for a quilt. The pattern of this coverlet, known as “Monk’s Belt,” is a checkerboard repeat about five inches long and four inches wide, consisting of two, quarter-inch-wide blocks, with an inch-high horizontal band made up of stripes of blue/yellowish-tan/blue separating each row of blocks. The alternately woven yellow-tan and dark brown weft yarns create the block and stripe pattern. This coverlet was found inside an 18th-century quilt. It is believed to be one of the oldest coverlet in the collection--possibly as early as the 1770s. The coverlet measures 86 inches by 61 inches and was constructed from two panels. There are borders along three edges created from fractional reductions of the main pattern.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1770-1790
c. 1770
maker
unknown
place made
United States: New England
Physical Description
wool, linen (overall material)
overshot (overall production method/technique)
Measurements
overall: 86 in x 59 1/2 in; 218.44 cm x 151.13 cm
ID Number
TE.T14718
catalog number
T14718.00B
accession number
281922
subject
Colonial Life
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Data Source
National Museum of American History

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