Queen's Delight or Mary Simmons Coverlet

This blue and white cotton and wool overshot coverlet was woven in three sections in the early 19th century. The pattern used may be “Queen’s Delight,”or “Mary Simmons.” According to the donor, it was made by her great-great grandmother (no name given), probably somewhere in New York State. Although there were very few female coverlet weavers, many women engaged in spinning fiber into yarn. Spinning wheels were common in early American homes, and were listed in household inventories. A machine for spinning cotton or wool yarns strong enough to be used as weft or filling yarns was developed in England in 1764 by James Hargreaves. It was known as the “spinning jenny.”
Currently not on view
Object Name
coverlet, overshot
date made
19th century
early 19th century
Physical Description
overshot (overall production method/technique)
cotton and wool (overall material)
overall: 77 in x 70 in; 195.58 cm x 177.8 cm
place woven
United States: New York
Associated Place
United States: Connecticut
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
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Home and Community Life: Textiles
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Carrie E. King

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