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Coverlet

Place Made:
possibly Salem North Carolina United States of America
Date Made:
1820-1860
Medium:
cotton –wool
Dimensions:
WOA 67 1/2″; LOA 98″
Accession Number:
4979.11
Description:
Red, white and blue woven coverlet. Has a checked design with two patterns. The main pattern that gives the checked look are squares with red, white and blue colors in each square. There are four red squares each of these red squares is located on the corner of the large blue square in the center. On the right and left side of the top and bottom of the blue square are red/white checkerboard squares, and on the top and bottom of the blue square are red/white checkerboard squares. There are a total of nine squares. On the top and bottom of these squares there are connecting small blue and white ovals going horizontally. On top of the ovals is a blue and white swirled line that separates the rows of squares (widthwise). At each corner where at square starts and stops there is a blue/white striped diamond shape. Running vertically down the coverlet is another blue and white striped line helping to divide the squares from one another.
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. Blevin Vogler Baldwin