coverlet; overshot; "Double Bow Knot with Window Sashes"; 19th century

coverlet; overshot; "Double Bow Knot with Window Sashes"; 19th century

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This blue and white, overshot coverlet was woven in a variation of the "Double Bow Knot" and " Window Sash" pattern which is also known as “Lady’s Delight.” Overshot coverlet pattern names, much like quilt patterns, varied according to place and time. The blue yarns are wool singles and the natural yarns are 2-ply, S-Twist, Z-spun cotton. The design repeat is 8.25 inches by 10.25 inches. The coverlet was woven in three panels each approximately 26" wide. The overall coverlet measures 92.25 inches by 79 inches. There is no information about this coverlet’s maker or where it may have been made and used. Textiles such as this were often made at home by women seeking to beautify their homes while providing the bedclothes needed to keep themselves and their families warm. These overshot patterns require only a four-shaft loom.
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Object Name
coverlet, overshot
coverlet, overshot
date made
19 century
Physical Description
overshot (overall production method/technique)
blue (overall color)
natural (overall color)
wool (overall material)
cotton (overall material)
overall: 92 1/4 in x 79 in; 234.315 cm x 200.66 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. F. Morton Leonard
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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