Samuel Grahams Taylor Coverlet

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Samuel Graham made this coverlet honoring Gen. (later President) Zachary Taylor in 1847. It is cotton and wool, with borders of trees while Taylor's profile is part of the repeat design in the center. Below the trees in the border, the words “Rough and Ready” are repeated over and over. The date 1847 appears under a bird in the lower corners. Zachary Taylor became a national hero during the Mexican War, and ran for president in 1848. Samuel Graham was born in Manchester, England, in 1805. He left England about 1823, and eventually settled in Henry County, Indiana. At one time he lived in Delaware County, Indiana. During the Civil War he moved his family to England, but returned to Indiana after the war. He signed his work with a trademark that features a bird on a twig with the date below it. The trademark can be seen in the lower corners of this coverlet.
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date made
Taylor, Zachary
possible maker
Graham, Samuel
Graham, Samuel
place woven
United States: Indiana, Henry county
Associated Place
United States: Connecticut
Physical Description
double weave (overall production method/technique)
cotton (overall material)
wool (overall material)
overall: 95 in x 88 in; 241.3 cm x 223.52 cm
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catalog number
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Data Source
National Museum of American History