Phebe Ann Baylis Coverlet

Description
This Jacquard double-woven coverlet was made for Phebe Ann Baylis in 1836, at the height of the “Fancy” period in American decorative arts. It has a center motif, and no center seam. Featured are birds and rosettes, framed by a garland of simple stylized flowers. The leafy border is interrupted on either side by a strangely proportioned urn and eight-pointed stars, along with fruits, flowers, and birds. The use of six- and eight-pointed stars on textiles at this period is not unusual, although the use of five-pointed stars on the American flag was well established by this time. The coverlet is made in blue and white wool yarn. It may have been made in New York State. The name of the weaver is unknown.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
coverlet
coverlet, jacquard double-woven
coverlet Jacquard double-woven
date made
1836
maker
unknown
Physical Description
double weave (overall production method/technique)
cotton and wool (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 87 in x 72 in; 220.98 cm x 182.88 cm
place made
United States
ID Number
TE*T16835
catalog number
T16835.000
accession number
306589
subject
Coverlets
Textiles
Domestic Furnishings
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Home and Community Life: Textiles
Coverlets
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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