Geometric Double-cloth "Snowball Tree" Coverlet, 1800-1850

Geometric Double-cloth "Snowball Tree" Coverlet, 1800-1850

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This blue and white double-woven coverlet features a "Snowball Tree" central field motif, with wavy line borders on three sides. It was woven with cotton and wool yarns, and has a fringe on all four sides. The lower edge has a self-fringe, while the sides have tape fringes that travel to the top edge and run along that edge for twenty-two inches. This coverlet was woven in two sections that were sewn together on each side. According to the donor, the yarn was spun and the coverlet was woven in the home of her great-grandmother (no name given.) The coverlet dates from the first half of the 19th century. Double-woven coverlets are reversible, with the dark color dominant on one side, and the light color dominante on the other. Such coverlets are complicated to weave and require two separate sets of warp and filling yarns.
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Object Name
coverlet, geometric
date made
place made
United States
Physical Description
double weave (overall production method/technique)
cotton and wool (overall material)
overall: 92 1/2 in x 82 in; 234.95 cm x 208.28 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Dr. Clara Southmayd Ludlow
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Cultural and Community Life: Textiles
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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