Snowball and Pine Tree Coverlet

Description
This blue, green, and buff double-woven coverlet is made of linen and wool and features a “Single Snowball” pattern with “Pine Tree” borders. The sides of the coverlet are finished with a tape fringe made of the same yarns used in the coverlet. The lower edge has a self fringe, while the top is finished with dark blue twill tape. This coverlet was made in the late 18th or the early 19th century. It was woven in two pieces and sewn together with linen thread. The name of the maker is unknown. Linen was commonly used in coverlets in the 18th century, as cotton was expensive and had to be imported from India by way of England. With the invention of the Whitney cotton gin, more cotton was grown in the United States, and the cost of it began to drop. Eventually cotton replaced linen in coverlets.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
coverlet
coverlet, overshot
coverlet, overshot double weave
coverlet, double weave
coverlet, double weave, overshot
date made
1790-1815
late 18th century
early 19th century
maker
unknown
Physical Description
overshot (overall production method/technique)
linen and wool (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 82 in x 79 in; 208.28 cm x 200.66 cm
Place Made
United States: Pennsylvania
ID Number
TE*T18271
catalog number
T18271.000
accession number
1977.0107
subject
Textiles
Domestic Furnishings
Coverlets
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Coverlets
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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