Coverlet

Date: ca. 1840–50

Geography: Made in Ohio, United States

Culture: American

Medium: Wool, woven

Dimensions: 85 x 73 in. (215.9 x 185.4 cm)

Classification: Textiles

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1956

Accession Number: 56.113

Description

This coverlet was probably woven in Ohio around 1850. Only one other example decorated with this pattern of exotic and domestic animals is known, and it too was supposed to have been woven in Ohio. Ohio coverlets often blend characteristics of both New York and Pennsylvania coverlets, brought by Eastern settlers moving west. This piece has the fringe, color scheme, pattern, and corner trademark closely related to Pennsylvania coverlets, but it was woven using the same type of doublecloth technique found in New York examples. It is made completely of wool, like coverlets from the New Jersey area.

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