Virginia Coverlet

This red and white cotton and wool double-woven coverlet was made in the first half of the 19th century. The upper edge is hemmed with two-ply cotton thread and the lower edge has a knotted self fringe. The overall design is geometric, and there are three deep borders. According to the donor, it was made in Hillsboro, Virginia. The name of the weaver is unknown. Textiles such as coverlets, sheets, and pillow cases might be included in a woman’s dowry. A dowry was a collection of textiles, furniture, and other household items assembled by a young woman and her parents. Her dowry was to be used when she married and had her own home. Today we would call it a “hope chest.”
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Object Name
coverlet, double-woven
coverlet, overshot, double-woven
coverlet, geometric, double-woven
date made
Physical Description
cotton and wool (overall material)
overall: 83 1/2 in x 72 in; 212.09 cm x 182.88 cm
fringe: 3 in; 7.62 cm
Place Made
United States: Virginia, Hillsboro
Associated Place
United States: Connecticut
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Domestic Furnishings
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Home and Community Life: Textiles
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Jack and Rhetta S. Potts

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