"Monk's Belt;" coverlet; overshot; c. 1850; Pennsylvania


This red and blue, cotton and wool, overshot coverlet was woven in Pennsylvania in a variation of the "Monks belt" pattern. This coverlet was likely woven in the mid-nineteenth century in Pennsylvania. There is a red, crocheted fringe along all four sides of the coverlet which is probably a later decorative addition. The fringe was attached with cotton sewing thread. The coverlet was used in the study of Dr. Chevalier Lawrence Jackson (1865-1858) of the Philadelphia area, until he died in 1957. Dr. Jackson was a pioneer of laryngology and is commonly referred to as the father of endoscopy. Jackson was born in the Pittsburg area and practiced and taught medicine at Temple University in Philadelphia. The coverlet is constructed of two panels, woven as one length, cut, and seamed to create the finished width. The coverlet measures 79.25 inches by 54.75 inches.

Date Made: 19th centuryc. 1850

Maker: unknown

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Pennsylvania

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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: TE.T16399Catalog Number: T16399.000

Object Name: coverlet, overshotcoverlet

Physical Description: monk's belt (overall pattern)red, blue (overall color)cotton, wool (overall material)

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a8-8cd8-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_620556

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