1817 Double-woven Coverlet

Description
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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
coverlet, overshot, double-woven
coverlet, double-woven
coverlet, geometric, double-woven
date made
1817
maker
unknown
Physical Description
geometric (overall production method/technique)
double weave (overall production method/technique)
cotton and wool (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 85 in x 79 1/2 in; 215.9 cm x 201.93 cm
Place Made
United States: Virginia, Hillsboro
ID Number
TE*T17650
catalog number
T17650.000
accession number
319020
subject
Domestic Furnishings
Textiles
Coverlets
See more items in
Home and Community Life: Textiles
Coverlets
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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