Blue and White Double-woven Snowball Coverlet

Description
This cotton and wool double-woven overshot coverlet was woven in two pieces that were sewn together. The overall pattern used in this coverlet is sometimes called “Snowball,” and a tree-like pattern can be seen in the borders. There is a self-fringe along the bottom edge. This coverlet is believed to have been made in the early 19th century. The weaver and owner remain unknown. In the early 19th century, women were still spinning wool for their coverlets, but machine-spun cotton replaced hand-spun linen relatively quickly.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
coverlet, overshot
coverlet, double-woven
date made
1820-1840
maker
unknown
Physical Description
geometric (overall production method/technique)
wool (overall material)
cotton (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 83 3/4 in x 74 in; 212.725 cm x 187.96 cm
place made
United States
ID Number
TE*T18478
catalog number
T18478.000
accession number
1978.0676
subject
Textiles
Domestic Furnishings
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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