1700 - 1799 Wool Quilted Counterpane


This example of an 18th century counterpane is composed of worn wool and linen/wool fabrics. A center panel, 55 x 35-inches, is made of unglazed green wool, the 17-inch border is made of dark blue glazed wool. Two corners are made of blue and brown striped linsey-woolsey.

Originally the counterpane was acquired for the study of the early textiles used in its construction. ("Anatomy of a Quilted Counterpane" by Rita J. Adrosko in Weavers Journal; Vol VIII, No4, Issue 32) The lining was of particular significance. Part of it consisted of a coverlet (TE*T14718 NMAH Coverlet Collection) woven in the “Monks Belt” design. It was separated from the top and wool filling and is one of the oldest coverlets in the Collection. The rest of the lining utilizes worn-out fabrics such as were used for the front. The sewing thread is linen (2-ply S-twist). It is quilted, 5 stitches per inch, with linen thread. This counterpane is an interesting example of recycled 18th century fabrics.

Date Made: 1700-1799

Maker: unknown

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States

Subject: Quilting


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Exhibition Location:

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: TE.T14718.00ACatalog Number: T14718AAccession Number: 281922

Object Name: quilt

Physical Description: fabric, wool (overall material)thread, linen (overall material)Measurements: overall: 89 in x 70 in; 226 cm x 179 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a3-cbc6-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_556464

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