"Double Bowknot with Window Sashes" overshot coverlet; 19th centuryy

"Double Bowknot with Window Sashes" overshot coverlet; 19th centuryy

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Overshot coverlet woven with red, green and white cotton and wool yarn in a large "double bowknot with Window Sash" pattern. The white ground warp and weft (filling) yarns are white cotton, and the supplementary pattern weft yarns (red and green) are wool. Each repeat of the pattern is 18 inches by 20 inches. The coverlet is constructed of two panels, woven as one length, cut, and seamed together to create the finished width. This coverlet was woven sometime in the nineteenth century. There is little provenance information. Overshot coverlet weaving has been continual in the United States from colonial times through the present day and was usually associated with domestic production. This coverlet was purchased in New Jersey; however, it could have been woven from New England down through the South, where this pattern is commonly referred to as “Muscadine Hulls.”
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Object Name
coverlet, overshot
coverlet, overshot
date made
19th century
place made
United States
Physical Description
overshot (overall production method/technique)
cotton, wool (overall material)
overall: 94 in x 66 in; 238.76 cm x 167.64 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Ester Ipp Schwartz (Mrs. Samuel)
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Cultural and Community Life: Textiles
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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