Geometric Double-woven Coverlet; Virginia, 1817

Geometric Double-woven Coverlet; Virginia, 1817

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This blue and white, geometric, block-woven, double cloth coverlet features “Star and Flower” centerfield pattern with “Pine Tree” border. The date, “1817” and the initials, "N x C" have been cross-stitched into the center of the lower border. The embroidery appears to be a later addition. According the to the seller, who sold the coverlet on behalf of a man names, Bob Sikes, the coverlet was woven by Mr. Sikes’ great-grandmother in Hillsboro, Virginia. More research is needed to confirm this attribution, but block-woven double-cloth was usually woven by professional male weavers. Also, Southern female weavers typically wove in overshot pattern because of the warmer weather and simpler loom requirements. Both sets of cotton and wool warp and weft yarns are 2-ply, S-twist, Z-spun. The coverlet measures 85 inches by 79.75 inches and is constructed from two panels. The pattern repeat is 4.25 inches by 4.74 inches.
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Object Name
coverlet, geometric
date made
Physical Description
geometric (overall production method/technique)
double weave (overall production method/technique)
cotton, wool (overall material)
overall: 85 in x 79 1/2 in; 215.9 cm x 201.93 cm
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Cultural and Community Life: Textiles
Domestic Furnishings
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National Museum of American History
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