Paisley-style woven shawl; 1875-1900


Paisley style jacquard-woven shawl; 1875-1900. 2 x 2 twill weave with supplementary pattern yarns. Warp: white, 2 twist, single wool ground. Weft: ground is white, 2 twist, single, wool; pattern wefts are gold metallic, yellow, green, and purple s-twist. 50" L x 50 1/2" W, plus 10 1/4" long fringe on all four sides. The field is solid white, with a 6" diameter metallic figure in the center; Metallic cone or buta or paisley motifs in each corner, all framed by metallic borders with touches of yellow, purple, and green. The border is rigidly patterned with small cones/buta/paisley motifs. A heavy knotted silk fringe, 10 1/4" long, finishes all edges. Fair condition, with moth holes throughout. Possibly Paisley, 4th quarter 19th century.

Said by the donor to have been owned by Mrs. Edwin McMaster Stanton, wife of the Secretary of War under Abraham Lincoln. Stanton's second wife was Ellen M. Hutchison, married 1856. She died in Nov. 1873, He died in 1869. The donor's information came from his first wife, Eleanora Maria Chamberlain Van Swearingen, whose family story claimed the shawls in this donation were all owned by her great grandmother, Mrs. Stanton.

Date Made: 1875-1900

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: Europe

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Credit Line: Gift of Capt. E. K. Van Swearingen

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: TE.T14706.000Catalog Number: T14706.000

Object Name: Shawl, Paisley-style

Physical Description: wool, metallic yarns (overall material)compound twill weave, supplementary weft patterning, jacquard-woven (overall production method/technique)Measurements: overall: 50 in x 50 1/2 in; 127 cm x 128.27 cm


Record Id: nmah_621671

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