LaTourette Family; coverlet, Jacquard double-cloth; 1858; Indiana

LaTourette Family; coverlet, Jacquard double-cloth; 1858; Indiana

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This blue and white, jacquard, double-woven coverlet was woven in two sections, each 37.25 inches wide. The total coverlet measures 97 7/8 inches by 74 ½ inches. The centerfield pattern is composed of stylized dogwood flower medallions interspersed with bellflower-inspired carpet tiles. The side borders feature an meandering vine with irises. The bottom border features a scrolling floral vine associated with the LaTourette family of Fountain City, Indiana. This attribution is further confirmed by the flower in the cornerblock, which is the trademark of the LaTourette family. The appearance of the word "Year" indicates it was woven by Sarah LaTourette, or her brother Henry. John LaTourette. John LaTourette, the family patriarch, was born into a New York/New Jersey, Huguenot weaving family in 1793. He and his wife, Sarah Schenck moved West after their marriage in 1816, moving from Ohio to Fountain County, Indiana in 1828. It is here where John established his weaving business and taught daughter Sarah (b. 1822) and son, Henry (b. 1832) the art of Jacquard weaving. John died in 1848, and his children carried on the family business, weaving their last coverlet in 1871.
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Object Name
coverlet, figured
date made
LaTourette, Sarah
LaTourette, Sarah
LaTourette, Henry
place made
United States: Indiana, Fountain county
Physical Description
jacquard, double weave (overall production method/technique)
cotton (overall material)
wool (overall material)
overall: 92 7/8 in x 74 1/2 in; 235.9025 cm x 189.23 cm
fringe: 5 in; 12.7 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Mary A. Whitesell
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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About your LaTourette coverlet—John LaTourette was my great-great-great grandfather. There is a way to tell a Henry LaTourette, from a Sarah LaTourette coverlet. Sarah placed a dot after the numerals in the year. If it has that dot odds are in your favor it was made by Sarah. O can’t get enough definition in the posted picture to tell if there is one or not. I own an 1852 sarah LaTourette coverlet.

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