Overshot Coverlet; 1787; New York

Overshot Coverlet; 1787; New York

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This blue and white, overshot coverlet is woven in a simple patch pattern variation. The customer’s initials, "M S" and the date “1787” are woven into the fabric at one corner. The weaver of this coverlet is unknown; however, there are several others known. There are two others in the NMAH collection. It is thought that the weaver worked in the Albany, New York areas. The earliest coverlet that is dated in the weaver was woven by this weaver. It is dated 1771 and is currently in the collection of the National Museum of the American Coverlet in Bedford, Pennsylvania. The coverlet was constructed from two panels and measures 91 inches by 64 inches.
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Object Name
coverlet, overshot
date made
place made
United States: New York, Albany
Physical Description
cotton, linen, wool (overall material)
overshot (overall production method/technique)
blue, white (overall color)
overall: 91 in x 64 in; 231.14 cm x 162.56 cm
ID Number
accession number
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Cultural and Community Life: Textiles
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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