Queen's Delight or Mary Simmons Coverlet

Description
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.”
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
coverlet, overshot
date made
1800-1825
19th century
early 19th century
maker
unknown
Physical Description
overshot (overall production method/technique)
cotton and wool (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 77 in x 70 in; 195.58 cm x 177.8 cm
place woven
United States: New York
ID Number
TE*T16385
catalog number
T16385.000
accession number
303434
subject
Domestic Furnishings
Textiles
Coverlets
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Home and Community Life: Textiles
Coverlets
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Carrie E. King

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