coverlet; Figured and Fancy, double cloth; c. 1824-1852; New York

coverlet; Figured and Fancy, double cloth; c. 1824-1852; New York

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This blue and white, Figured and Fancy, double cloth coverlet features the “Double Tulip” carpet medallion centerfield associated with New York coverlet weaver, James Alexander and the “Agriculture and Manufactures” group of coverlets. The expected eagle and Masonic column borders appear on both sides. The lack of a bottom border or cornerblocks suggests that this coverlet has been cut down during its life. Without the bottom border or cornerblocks, attribution to a maker or group is impossible. The coverlet measures 75 inches by 67 inches. The length is considerably shorter than other complete coverlets of this pattern. The white cotton warp and weft is 3-ply, S-twist, Z-spun yarn and the indigo blue warp and weft is 2-ply, S-twist, Z-spun yarns. This coverlet was acquired from the donor's father's estate after his death. He was a collector of "Early American things."
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Object Name
coverlet, figured
coverlet. Jacquard
Figured and Fancy, double cloth
date made
place made
United States: New York
Physical Description
jacquard-woven; double weave (overall production method/technique)
eagle (border pattern)
medallion (center pattern)
blue (overall color)
white (overall color)
cotton; wool (overall material)
overall: 75 in x 67 in; 190.5 cm x 170.18 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Lucie O. Nagel
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National Museum of American History
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