Double Bow Knot Coverlet

Description
The weaver of this overshot coverlet is unknown. The coverlet is made of cotton and wool, and features a “Double Bowknot” pattern on a large scale. The colors used are white, red and green, and it was probably made in the first half of the 19th century. There is a center seam, as the coverlet was woven in two sections. The use of green in the coverlet is somewhat unusual. In the first half of the 19th century, there was no direct green dye. To make green, yarns and fabric were first dyed blue, and then yellow. A direct green dye was not developed until the invention of synthetic dyes in the middle of the 19th century.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1800-1900
19th century
maker
unknown
place made
United States
Associated Place
United States: Connecticut
Physical Description
overshot (overall production method/technique)
cotton and wool (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 94 in x 66 in; 238.76 cm x 167.64 cm
ID Number
TE*T18210
catalog number
T18210.000
accession number
1977.0101
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Ester Ipp Schwartz (Mrs. Samuel)
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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