Overshot Coverlet; 1800-1850


This is a blue and white, cotton and wool, overshot coverlet from the 19th century. The patterns used is similar to both “Governor’s Garden” and “Double Chariot Wheels.” The upper edge is hemmed, the lower edge has a warp fringe, and the remaining two sides have applied fringe. There is a border along three sides created from a fractional reduction of the main pattern. There coverlet measures 100 inches by 72 inches and was constructed from three panels which were woven as one length, cut, and seamed together to create the finished coverlet width. There is little provenance on this coverlet’s origins, but based on the design and construction, this coverlet was likely domestically produced by a woman or group of women sometime in the first half of the nineteenth century.

Date Made: 19th century

Maker: unknown

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Credit Line: Gift of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: TE.T17390Accession Number: 321804.210

Object Name: coverlet, overshotCoverletovershot

Physical Description: wool, cotton (overall material)overshot (overall production method/technique)Measurements: overall: 94 in x 94 in; 238.76 cm x 238.76 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a9-56ca-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1340504

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