Swigget Family coverlet; overshot; 19th century; Tennessee


This overshot coverlet is constructed of two panels which were woven as one length, cut, and sewn up the center. The pattern is a variation of “Queen’s Fancy.” The weaver used 2-ply, S-twist, Z-spun cotton in the warp and weft to create the plain weave ground and madder-dyed Z-spun wool singles for the supplementary pattern weft. The coverlet was received by the museum as two separate panels. The center seam was often removed to wash coverlets because of their size and their weight when wet. Also, during early Colonial Revival design, overshot coverlets like this one were repurposed as table runners, portieres, and other decorative objects outside of bedcoverings, and it is not uncommon to find them as separate panels. The overall coverlet measures 90 inches by 74 inches. Each panel is 37 inches wide. According to the donor, this particular coverlet descended in the Swigget family and was used as portieres. It is claimed to have been woven in Tennessee in the early nineteenth century.

Date Made: 1800-1850

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Tennessee

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Credit Line: Gift of Grace Kiess Swigget through Samuel A. Swigget

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: TE.T9998ACatalog Number: T09998.00AAccession Number: 176711

Object Name: coverlet, overshot

Physical Description: overshot (overall production method/technique)queen's fancy (overall pattern)orange (overall color)blue (overall color)wool (overall material)cotton (overall material)Measurements: overall: 90 in x 74 in; 228.6 cm x 187.96 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b3-bbc5-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_620400

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