Overshot coverlet; multi-harness; probably Pennsylvania, 1800-1825

Overshot coverlet; multi-harness; probably Pennsylvania, 1800-1825

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Not much is known about the origins of this multi-shaft, overshot, red, light blue, indigo, and white coverlet. It was almost certainly woven by a professional, male, German weaver in Pennsylvania between 1800 and 1825. There is self-fringe along the sides, but none along either the top or bottom. The coverlet measures 92 inches by 84 inches and was constructed from two panels. The pattern matches the design found on plate 4, number 2 of the 1771 pattern book, Neues Weberbild und Musterbuch published by Johann Michael Kirschbaum.
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Object Name
Coverlet, overshot
coverlet, overshot
Date made
early 19th century
Physical Description
overshot (overall production method/technique)
red (overall color)
light blue (overall color)
indigo (overall color)
natural (overall color)
star and diamond (overall pattern)
overall: 92 in x 84 in; 233.68 cm x 213.36 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs.Miriam D. Hosler
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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