Coverlet; Figured and Fancy, double cloth; 1817; New York

Coverlet; Figured and Fancy, double cloth; 1817; New York

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This Figured and Fancy, double cloth coverlet was woven for Sally Loper in Westbury, Long Island, New York in 1817. This is the oldest known dated Figured and Fancy coverlet. The centerfield design is composed of rows of pine trees and tulips. The borders found on all four sides were created from directional fractional reductions of the centerfield motifs. The name of the owner Sally Loper, and the date, December 2, 1817, are woven into the upper right hand corner. The place, Westbury, Long Island, is also woven opposite the name. The coverlet measures 88.5 inches by 81 inches and was constructed from two panels woven as one length, cut, and seamed up the middle. Sarah (Sally) Bishop Loper (b. 1780) was married to Luther Loper (b. 1780). The coverlet passed to their daughter, Elmirah Jane Loper Pine, her daughter, Edna Pine Dunning, and finally to her daughter, the donor, Jane Dunning Dirks.
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Object Name
coverlet, figured
date made
Loper, Sarah Bishop
place made
United States: New York, Westbury
Physical Description
cotton, wool (overall material)
Figured and Fancy (overall style)
double cloth (overall production method/technique)
overall: 88 1/2 in x 81 in; 224.79 cm x 205.74 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Jane Dunning Dirks
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Cultural and Community Life: Textiles
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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