coverlet; geometric, double-cloth; c. 1800-1850; likely Pennsylvania

coverlet; geometric, double-cloth; c. 1800-1850; likely Pennsylvania

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This is a blue and white, plain weave double coverlet executed in geometric block weave pattern. The pattern is most commonly known as “Whig Rose.” There is a "Pine Tree" border along three sides created from a fractional reduction and lengthening of the main pattern. The weaver used natural colored linen with olive green and indigo (blue) colored wool. The coverlet measures 82 inches by 79 inches. The coverlet is constructed of two panels each 34.5 inches wide. The weaver would have woven both panels as one length, cut that length in half, and sewn the panels together to create the finished width. There is a five inch long woven fringe with a half inch heading applied to the sides of coverlet, and there is a five inch self-fringe along the lower edge. The coverlet was initially purchased in Huntington Valley, Pennsylvania and it is likely that it was woven in Pennsylvania sometime during the first half of the nineteenth century.
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Object Name
coverlet, geometric
date made
late 18th century
early 19th century
Physical Description
double cloth (overall production method/technique)
linen, wool (overall material)
overall: 82 in x 79 in; 208.28 cm x 200.66 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
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Cultural and Community Life: Textiles
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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