attr. Henry Goodrich; coverlet, Figured and Fancy, double-cloth; 1831; New York


This is a blue and white, double-cloth, Figured and Fancy coverlet features along fringe three sides, and a spread eagle lower border. The center design is variation of the “Double Rose” carpet medallion pattern with ivy leaf accents. The side borders display an interlocking “Double Flower” motif that is reminiscent of lotus flowers. The two lower corner blocks feature pairs of dogs and a woven inscription which reads, "1831 EAW/ Pompey." There is a four inch self-fringe on the lower edge and an applied fringe on the sides that is also four inches long. The coverlet was constructed of two panels that were woven as one length, cut, and seamed up the middle.

This coverlet was woven in Pompey, Onondaga County, New York in 1831. There has been some scholarly debate about who the Pompey weaver(s) may have been. At first scholars looked for a weaver with the last name Pompey, but they quickly realized the weaver was operating in the town of Pompey. There are extant dated coverlets in this style ranging from 1831-1836. There three coverlet weavers in Pompey at the time. Benjamin June and his son, Benjamin Jr. and Henry L. Goodrich. All three of these weavers could possibly be the maker of this and the other Pompey coverlets; however, the signed June family coverlets omit the town name from their designs, leaving Goodrich the most likely candidate. Federal census records list Henry as a resident of Rensselaer County, New York in 1830 and 1840, but occupation was not a recorded category in the early census. It is unclear when and why Henry spent time in Onondaga County and more research is needed to unravel the mystery and confirm or deny the attribution of these coverlets to Goodrich. The style of this coverlet is reflective the organization, arrangement, and style of the earlier Figured and Fancy coverlets foun

Date Made: 1831

Maker: unknown

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: New York

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Credit Line: Gift of Esther Ipp Schwartz (Mrs. Samuel Schwartz)

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: TE.T18211Catalog Number: T18211.000Accession Number: 1977.0101

Object Name: coverlet, figuredcoverlet

Physical Description: double cloth (overall production method/technique)cotton, wool (overall material)Figured and Fancy (overall style)Measurements: overall: 86 in x 75 in; 218.44 cm x 190.5 cm


Record Id: nmah_621379

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