Birds of Paradise Coverlet

Description
This blue and white Jacquard double-woven coverlet is made of cotton and wool. It features the “Bird of Paradise” pattern with floral and geometric borders on all four sides. It is woven in two sections, each thirty-nine inches wide. The sections were sewn together by hand. The date “AD 1842” is woven into all four corners. The weaver is unknown. The original owner was the donor’s father (no name given). He lived in Ontario County, New York. Coverlets could be commissioned by a man or a woman for use in the home.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1842
maker
unknown
place made
United States
Associated Place
United States: Connecticut
Physical Description
double weave (overall production method/technique)
cotton and wool (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 82 in x 78 in; 208.28 cm x 198.12 cm
overall: 85 in x 78 in; 215.9 cm x 198.12 cm
ID Number
TE.T16877
catalog number
T16877
accession number
307177
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. Edgar Brown, thru Mr. and Mrs. Sterling Newel
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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