Hempfield Railroad Coverlet

Description
This double-woven Jacquard coverlet was made near Wheeling, Virginia (now West Virginia) in 1851. It features the Hempfield (Hemfield) Railroad, which ran from Wheeling to Washington, Pennsylvania. The coverlet is made of cotton and wool, and features railroad engines and coal cars in its border. The profile of Mr. M. T. McKennon, founder and first president of the railroad, can be seen in medallions in the corners. The coverlet features stylized flowers in rectangles, with a flower and vine boarder. The coverlet was woven in two sections and sewn together. The weaver of this coverlet is unknown.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1851
maker
unknown
place made
United States: West Virginia, Wheeling
Associated Place
United States: Connecticut
Physical Description
cotton (overall material)
wool (overall material)
jacquard (overall production method/technique)
double weave (overall production method/technique)
Measurements
overall: 86 in x 70 in; 218.44 cm x 177.8 cm
ID Number
TE*T7317
catalog number
T07317.000
accession number
123286
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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