Overshot coverlet; multi-harness; probably Pennsylvania, 1800-1825


Not much is known about the origins of this multi-shaft, overshot, red, light blue, indigo, and white coverlet. It was almost certainly woven by a professional, male, German weaver in Pennsylvania between 1800 and 1825. There is self-fringe along the sides, but none along either the top or bottom. The coverlet measures 92 inches by 84 inches and was constructed from two panels. The pattern matches the design found on plate 4, number 2 of the 1771 pattern book, Neues Weberbild und Musterbuch published by Johann Michael Kirschbaum.

Date Made: early 19th century

Location: Currently not on view

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Credit Line: Gift of Mrs.Miriam D. Hosler

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: TE.T14230Catalog Number: T14230.000Accession Number: 206911

Object Name: Coverlet, overshotcoverlet, overshot

Physical Description: overshot (overall production method/technique)red (overall color)light blue (overall color)indigo (overall color)natural (overall color)star and diamond (overall pattern)Measurements: overall: 92 in x 84 in; 233.68 cm x 213.36 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b4-44c4-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_620425

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