Elizabeth Carlin (attr.); overshot coverlet; c. 1820-1830; Tennessee


This red, white, and blue overshot coverlet was woven in the “Tennessee Trouble” pattern. The ground warp is a white single Z-spun cotton. The ground weft is single Z-spun cotton. The supplementary pattern weft is single Z-spun wool in blue and red. The coverlet is hemmed along the top and bottom. The coverlet was constructed of two panels woven as one length, cut, and seamed together to create the finished width. The seam sewn together with white cotton thread using a back stitch. The hems have been redone as is common with use. This coverlet descended through the donor’s family from Tennessee to California. The donor’s father received the coverlet from his mother, Margaret Ellen Maddux Hogins at her death in 1911. Margaret and her husband, Bailey Peyton Hogin had moved to California in 1871 and brought the coverlet with them from Tennessee. Margaret’s parents were Thomas Maddux and Elizabeth Garrett who moved to Smith County, Tennessee from Virginia in 1833. Family legend holds that this coverlet was woven by Elizabeth Carlin (b. 1797), the mother of Thomas Maddux.

Date Made: 1833-18701820-1830

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Tennessee, Smith

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Credit Line: Gift of Margaret Griffin

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1980.0631.01Accession Number: 1980.0631Catalog Number: 1980.0631.01

Object Name: coverlet, overshotcoverletObject Type: Tennessee Troublecoverlets

Physical Description: overshot (overall production method/technique)tennessee trouble (overall pattern)red (overall color)white (overall color)blue (overall color)cotton (overall material)wool (overall material)Measurements: overall: 100 in x 78 1/2 in; 254 cm x 199.39 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b3-e7ee-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_214178

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