Cynthia Burch Clark; coverlet; overshot; c. 1825-1850; Georgia


Cynthia Burch Clark (1815-1893) of Dodge County, Georgia wove this dark and medium brown and white, overshot coverlet. The pattern she chose blends features of patterns known as “Pine Blossom” and “Stars and Table.” Cynthia was the wife of Dr. Calphrey Clark. The couple lived just outside of Chauncey, Georgia. The coverlet passed down to their son, Harlow and then to his son, John Benjamin. John Benjamin’s son, Fred H. Clark is the donor. The ground weft yarns and pattern weft yarns appear to be hand spun. The finer more even warps are glossier and perhaps were machine-spun. Warm medium brown and black brown Z-spun wool singles were used for the pattern weft. The coverlet is made up of three sections woven as one length, cut, and sewn together. The seams are sewn with 2-ply cotton yarn. The coverlet measures 85 inches by 78 inches.

Date Made: mid 19th century19th centuryc. 1825-1850

Maker: unknown

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Georgia, Dodge

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Credit Line: Gift of Dr. Fred H. Clark M.D

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: TE.T14925Catalog Number: T14925.000Accession Number: 285047

Object Name: coverlet, overshotcoverlet

Physical Description: overshot (overall production method/technique)rose and table (overall pattern)brown, black (overall color)cotton, wool (overall material)Measurements: overall: 85 in x 78 in; 215.9 cm x 198.12 cm


Record Id: nmah_620431

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