Embroidered coverlet

Maker: Ruth Culver Coleman (died 1801)

Date: ca. 1760–75

Geography: Possibly made in Suffolk County, Sag Harbor, New York, United States

Culture: American

Medium: Linen and wool, embroidered

Dimensions: 80 3/4 x 95 5/8 in. (205.1 x 242.9 cm)

Classification: Textiles

Credit Line: Sansbury-Mills Fund, 1961

Accession Number: 61.48.1


The coverlet is composed of three undyed linen panels seamed together, each approximately thirty-two inches wide. It is embroidered with wool in economy, stem, chain, and darning stitches. The wide floral border is embroidered in shades of blue; the central floral and fruit motifs are in shades of pink, brown, gold, lavender, and blue. The top edge of the coverlet seems to have been cut off.