attr. Henry Oberly; coverlet; Figured and Fancy, tied-Beiderwand; c. 1835-1840; poss. Pennsylvania


Henry Oberly (1805-1874) likely wove this blue and red, Figured and Fancy, tied-Beiderwand coverlet for Anna Nancy King Zook (1784-1840) in Berks County, Pennsylvania sometime between 1835 and 1840. The coverlet features a “Double Rose” carpet medallion centerfield where the motif is contained in large sunburst designs. There are borders along three sides. The side borders depict large adorsed peacocks on branches, and the bottom border depicts a town scene. Rather than traditional cornerblocks, the weaver has turned the bottom border pattern and included the client’s name, “Anna Zook” along the top. The coverlet was constructed from two panels that were woven as one length, cut, and seamed up the middle. The coverlet measures 94 inches by 80.5 inches. There is fringe on 3 sides of the coverlet. Motifs from this coverlet can also be found on coverlets woven by Henry Oberly (1805-1874), and Jacob Witmer (c.1797 - c.1887) of Lancaster Co. PA. Anna Zook’s location in Berks County as well as Oberly’s use of the same peacock and centerfield motifs, suggest that Oberly is the weaver of the this coverlet.

Date Made: 1840s-1850s1835-1840

Maker: unknown

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Pennsylvania, Womelsdorf

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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1984.0170.06Accession Number: 1984.0170Catalog Number: 1984.0170.06

Object Name: coverlet, figuredcoverletObject Type: jacquard coverlets

Physical Description: jacquard (overall production method/technique)tied beiderwand (border production method/technique)medalllion, peacock (center pattern)red (overall color)blue (overall color)cotton, wool (overall material)single weave (overall production method/technique)Boston town (border pattern)Measurements: overall: 94 in x 8012 in; 238.76 cm x 20350.48 cm


Record Id: nmah_214205

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