Hempfield Railroad Coverlet

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.
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Object Name
coverlet, jacquard double-woven
coverlet, Jacquard double-woven
coverlet, Jacquard double-woven
coverlet, jacquard, double-woven
date made
Physical Description
cotton (overall material)
wool (overall material)
jacquard (overall production method/technique)
double weave (overall production method/technique)
overall: 86 in x 70 in; 218.44 cm x 177.8 cm
place made
United States: West Virginia, Wheeling
Associated Place
United States: Connecticut
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
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Home and Community Life: Textiles
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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