L. Hesse; Figured and Fancy coverlet; tied-Beiderwand; 1840; Ohio

L. Hesse; Figured and Fancy coverlet; tied-Beiderwand; 1840; Ohio

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L. Hesse wove this Figured and Fancy, red, white and green, tied-Beiderwand coverlet in 1840. There is no location or customer indicated in the cornerblock, but we know from other extant coverlets that Hesse and his brothers, both named Frederick were active in Somerset Township, Perry County and Hocking Counties in Ohio. The centerfield pattern features the common “Double Rose and Starburst” motif which is accented by smaller geometric crosses and fylfots (swastikas). There is a double border featuring addorsed “Eagles and Fruit Tree” and eight-pointed stars along the sides and bottom of the coverlet. There is self-fringe along the sides. The coverlet was woven on a hand loom with a patterning device attachment (either barrel loom or Jacquard mechanism) made in two pieces seamed together up the center. The Hesse brothers were active in Somerset, Hocking, and Perry Counties, Ohio. Frederick A. (b. 1801), Frederick E. (b. 1827), and L. Hesse (b. 1809) were Saxon immigrants from what was then the Kingdom of Prussia. They settled in Ohio, each opening their own weaving business. The brothers have extant coverlets dating from the years, 1838-1862 collectively. This coverlet belonged to the great-grandmother of the donor. Although we do not know her name, the accession file tells us she was born around 1830 and from Ohio, helping to further situate this coverlet in the proper context.
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Object Name
coverlet, figured
date made
Hesse, L.
place made
United States: Ohio, Somerset
Physical Description
Figured and Fancy (overall style)
tied-Beiderwand (overall production method/technique)
wool, cotton (overall material)
red, blue, white, green (overall color)
overall: 82 in x 71 in; 208.28 cm x 180.34 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. H. C. Anderson
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Cultural and Community Life: Textiles
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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