Geometric Double-cloth coverlet; 1790-1820

Geometric Double-cloth coverlet; 1790-1820

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This blue and white double-woven geometric coverlet was made in the very late 18th or early 19th century. The center design of the coverlet features alternating rows of “X”’s and squares. The coverlet has three deep borders of elongated “Pine Trees.” Three of the four edges are turned under, and stitched in place with an overcast stitch. The fourth edge is finished with a self fringe. The coverlet is made of cotton and wool, and may have been woven in Maryland. The name of the weaver is unknown. Since this coverlet is double-woven, it is reversible, and has two sets of warp and filling yarns. Textiles such as this were frequently listed in household inventories, and passed down through several generations of the same family.
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Object Name
coverlet, geometric
date made
late 18th century
early 19th century
place made
United States
Physical Description
geometric (overall style)
double weave (overall production method/technique)
cotton, wool (overall material)
overall: 85 3/4 in x 71 9/16 in; 217.805 cm x 181.737 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. John H. Murray
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Cultural and Community Life: Textiles
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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