1817 Double-woven Coverlet

The weaver of this blue and white double-woven coverlet is unknown. The letters “N x C” and the date “1817” appear cross-stitched near the lower edge. The coverlet was woven in two pieces which were later seamed together. It has a four-inch fringe at the lower edge. According to the donor, this coverlet was made by his great-grandmother (no name given) in Hillsboro, Virginia. In the 18th and early 19th centuries, it was not unusual to mark one's household textiles by embroidering them with initials and the date. If a person owned more than one of the same type of item, each might be numbered as well.
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Object Name
coverlet, overshot, double-woven
coverlet, double-woven
coverlet, geometric, double-woven
date made
Physical Description
geometric (overall production method/technique)
double weave (overall production method/technique)
cotton and wool (overall material)
overall: 85 in x 79 1/2 in; 215.9 cm x 201.93 cm
Place Made
United States: Virginia, Hillsboro
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

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