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Coverlet

Place Made:
possibly Salem North Carolina United States of America
Date Made:
1820-1860
Medium:
cotton –wool
Dimensions:
WOA 65 1/2″; LOA 81″
Accession Number:
4979.10
Description:
Woven wool coverlet with cotton warp. Four different patterns, three colors consisting of red, black and white. The overlying stripes consists of two different red and white patterns. The first pattern has about ten red ovals with red and white checked centers, there are also four red squares placed symetically in the center of this design. The other pattern has three small ovals going down the center. Each oval has a small red dot inside. On either side of the ovals are alternating horizontal red and white stripes. These two patterns alternate along the width of the coverlet. One stripe is small black and white lines with samll red lines crossing them horizontally with large black stripe going through the middle.

The last pattern is mainly black with small vertical white lines running through it and on the white line are small red dots. There is a stripe going through it horizontally with three black x’s. Through each of the x’s is a veritcal stripe of large white lines and larger red dots.

The first of the underlying patterns has three small black ovals going horizontally through the center on either side of the ovals are alternating vertical stripes.

History:
Woven bed coverlets of this type are often called “overshot” which consist of long threads that skip or “overshoot” the foundation. Often “spun, dyed and woven at home in designs passed down from prior generations.” (Neumann, p.314-315)
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Blevins Vogler Baldwin