Henry Keener jacquard biederwand coverlet, 1843, Pennsylvania

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Henry Keener wove this coverlet in 1843 in the town of Womelsdorf, Pennsylvania. It is Jacquard single-woven, and made of cotton and wool yarns. The center of the coverlet features a large medallion design rimmed by tulip-like flowers, and framed by large leaves and small tulip-like forms. Scroll-like forms fill the space between the large motifs. The border consists of two parts. The inner band consists of leaves and rosettes, and the outer one combines tulip flowers with scalloped swags and dots. The lower corners contain the words “HENRY KEENER/WOMELSDORF/1843” and the initial “M” and the name “HAINE.” Henry Keener was born January 5, 1812 and married Anna Maria Wilhem on December 22, 1833. He died September 10, 1895.
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date made
Keener, Henry
Associated Place
United States: Pennsylvania
Physical Description
jacquard (overall production method/technique)
biederwand (overall production method/technique)
cotton, wool (overall material)
overall: 96 in x 84 1/2 in; 243.84 cm x 214.63 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Capt. Kerfoot B. Smith, USN (Ret.)
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


"good morning... I am a direct descendant of Henry Keener and still living in the Womelsdorf PA area. My family and I have several of his coverlets which are in perfect condition. If ever you dust off this coverlet that you have in storage, and create an American textile exhibit..... we would be happy to loan our coverlets for a show. "

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