Meily Coverlet 1838

Emanuel Meily wove this coverlet in 1838. The coverlet is red, white, blue, and green, and is made of cotton and wool. It features a center design of sunburst medallions with lily wreaths. This design is sometimes called “Stars and Lilies.” The lower two corners contain the name of the weaver, Emanuel Meily, his county, Lebanon, Pennsylvania, and the date 1838. Emanuel Meily (about 1805—1869) was born in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, and had his weaving business there. According to Clarita S. Anderson in her book, American Coverlets and Their Weavers, there are two Emanuel Meileys listed in the 1840 census of Lebanon Co. One was a 60 to 70- year-old head of household, (no occupation given) and the other was a 30-to-40-year-old head of household engaged in “manufactures and trades.” The 1850 census lists an Emanuel “Meiley “ as a blue dyer, and the 1860 census lists an Emanuel “Meiley” as a 45 year-old laborer with real estate and personal property.
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Object Name
coverlet, Jacquard, single-woven
coverlet, jacquard, single-woven
date made
Meily, Emanuel
Physical Description
jacquard (overall production method/technique)
single weave (overall production method/technique)
cotton and wool (overall material)
overall: 79 in x 79 in; 200.66 cm x 200.66 cm
place woven
United States: Pennsylvania, Lebanon
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
Gift of Mrs. M. L. Gaver

Visitor Comments

8/29/2013 7:06:39 PM
Doris E. Mitchell
I have an Emanuel Meily coverlet woven in 1843. It is in excellent condition, and is has a tulip-like design. Are there others with the same design? Mine was made for E. Reisner.
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