S.B. Musselman coverlet; Figured & Fancy, 1842

S.B. Musselman coverlet; Figured & Fancy, 1842

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Red, white, and blue Jacquard woven or Figured and Fancy coverlet in single weave. Double roses motifs framed by cut-cornered rectangles regularly repeated in bands and rows; separated by rows of dots and with rosettes in octagon frames. The inner border consists of vase forms alternating with flowers; Outer borders have a double diamond and dot repeated. Outer border is along all four sides, the inner border is not. Between the two borders the word Pennsylvania is repeated over and over, forwardsand backwards. The lower corner on the right says "This coverlet belongs to me Susana Diehl 1842". The corner on the left says" S.B.Musselman Coverlet Weaver Milford Bucks. Co 1842". This coverlet is woven with a compound, plain weave base. Warp and ground weft yarns are Z-twist single ply cotton. The pattern weft is red and blue twist single ply wool. Samuel Beidler Musselman was born June 9, 1802 to Jacob and Barbara Beidler Musselman in Milford, Bucks Co. PA. He married ca. 1824 Elizabeth Landis (1798-1873). They had eleven children. He died August 7, 1874, in Bucks Co. PA. After 1837 all of his coverlets were seamless. While he numbered many of his coverlets, he did not number this one.
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Object Name
coverlet, figured
Object Type
jacquard coverlets
Date made
Musselman, S.B.
place made
United States: Pennsylvania
Physical Description
jacquard (overall production method/technique)
single weave (overall production method/technique)
double rose (overall pattern)
red (overall color)
white (overall color)
blue (overall color)
cotton (overall material)
wool (overall material)
overall: 96 in x 74 3/4 in; 243.84 cm x 189.865 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Edgar O. Smith; Cooper-Hewitt Transfer
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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