Figured and Fancy coverlet; double-cloth; 1839; New York

Figured and Fancy coverlet; double-cloth; 1839; New York

Description
This blue and white, Figured and Fancy, double cloth coverlet features a “Double Rose” and “Double Thistle” carpet medallion centerfield. There are borders along three sides which feature alternating “Double Rose” and “Double Leaf” medallions. “1839/A P” appears in the two lower cornerblocks, quartered and reflected. Being double cloth, this coverlet was woven with two sets of cotton and wool warp and weft. The cotton yarns are all 3-ply, S-twist, Z-spun, and the wool yarns are 2-ply, S-twist, Z-spun. The coverlet is constructed of two panels that were initially woven as one length, cut, and seamed up the center. The coverlet measures 86 inches by 80 inches. According to the donor, this coverlet was woven by hand by his wife’s grandmother near the Syracuse, New York area. The donor’s wife’s father was Charles H. Peck. There are multiple people names Charles Peck from the Onondaga County area in the late 19th century and more research is needed to definitively determine who A.P. might have been. While family legend attests that a grandmother wove the coverlet, it is much more likely that this coverlet was woven by a male professional weaver for an ancestor with the initials A.P. The loom and patterning device used to weave this coverlet would have been cost and space prohibitive for anyone but the professional carpet and coverlet weaver. The design of the coverlet would indicate that the coverlet was woven anytime between the years 1835 and 1845, suggesting that the donor’s wife’s grandmother may have inherited the coverlet from an older ancestor.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1839
maker
unknown
place made
United States: New York
Physical Description
cotton, wool (overall material)
double cloth (overall production method/technique)
Figured and Fancy (overall style)
Measurements
overall: 86 in x 80 in; 218.44 cm x 203.2 cm
ID Number
TE.T17176
catalog number
T17176
accession number
313384
Credit Line
Gift of Dr. Edwin B. Erikson
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Data Source
National Museum of American History

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