Kaufman Jacquard Coverlet

Description
This coverlet was woven in 1841 by John Kaufman (Coffman). It belonged to Elizabeth Fretz, great-aunt of the donor. It features stars, eagles, and trees in its border. The center design consists of flowers and sunbursts. The coverlet is cotton and wool, and was woven in two sections that were sewn together with linen thread. According to the donor, the wool in the coverlet came from sheep grown on the family farm. The wool was spun into yarn there as well. John Kaufman (1812—1863) was born in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. It appears his weaving business was in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
coverlet
coverlet, Jacquard single-woven
coverlet, jacquard single-woven
date made
1841
user
Fretz, Elizabeth
maker
Kaufman, John
Physical Description
jacquard (overall production method/technique)
single weave (overall production method/technique)
wool (overall material)
cotton (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 95 in x 76 in; 241.3 cm x 193.04 cm
Place Made
United States: Pennsylvania, Bucks County
ID Number
TE*T12923
catalog number
T12923.000
accession number
247373
subject
Textiles
Domestic Furnishings
Coverlets
See more items in
Home and Community Life: Textiles
Coverlets
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Mr. & Mrs. Frederick W. Darnell

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