The National Museum of the American Coverlet – What is a Coverlet
This is a copy of an old overshot quilt done at a much later date in orlon or some and this would make a lovely blanket or spread for a bed that might get a bit. Civil War photos of hospital beds show some of them topped with what was ANTIQUE COVERLETS CHARM COLLECTORS, HISTORIANS ALIKE able to weave their names and date of manufacture into the coverings. American coverlets yield a seemingly infinite variety of forms. stack of antique blankets with different patterns. Charles Such inscriptions aside, however, the Jacquard debut date is no sure guide to the age of a piece. Do display it on your bed, but don't sleep under it, or expose it to direct sunlight.
Made in two parts, they are always seamed in the middle. These readily available coverlets are undervalued and compliment 18th century and high country design. Forerunners of sophisticated Jacquard bedspreads these professionally woven second-stage examples feature strong clear geometric design, flat to the surface tight weaving, and double-facing; in that the weaving on the back is the precise decorative reverse of that on the front.
It is a player piano-like device that facilitates reproducible complex woven designs using multiple sets of perforated cards that orchestrate a weaving machine like an ancestral computer. Jacquard's initial inspiration for his invention was an extract from an English newspaper offering a premium to "any man who should weave a fishing net by machinery. Jacquard was granted three weeks to reproduce his feat or spend his days knitting in prison.
The refined loom landed on American shores in the 's. Professionally woven Jacquard Coverlets are distinguished by bold colors, tight weave, double-facing, pictorial centerfield designs, and wide often striking borders incorporating designs like American eagles, railroads, lions, buildings, trees, ships and other elements.
While I have seen two-part Jacquard coverlets, most were produced full size without a middle seam. Even when they were loomed, great coverlets have always been considered a household treasure. Frequently mentioned in wills and safely stored for future generations in dower chests, they truly are American heirlooms.
The center seam is crudely hand stitched. There is one very small stain, no holes of any kind. If you are a weaver, this is a good example of very early weaving to display and study. Information on this coverlet so far eludes me. It is tomato red and cream and made all in one piece, which may indicate power looming, however many of the star motifs are distorted which might indicate hand looming.
The star medallion is very nice but I like the surrounding geometrics, which remind me of Norwegian weaving. The top and bottom are hemmed; the sides look as though they may have had self fringe at one time. Overall the coverlet has a yellow tinge and might need a bath. I see that there are some yarn losses also. This was probably made for the centennial. There is a medallion in the center and a nice combination of flowers and geometrics both in the center and on the border.
Woven Coverlets, An American Story
The four eagles with arrows are at the corners of the main block. There is self fringe on the sides and applied fringe on the bottom. This coverlet is a single panel, rather than double as most others are. Coverlet books attribute this coverlet to Phillip Allabach, Michigan. There are a few minor repairs. This is a very similar coverlet toattributed to Phillip Allerbach, Michigan. The difference is that this red is deeper and the wool yarn seems heavier.
It has been washed by me and has some through-holes. A very striking coverlet. This pattern is called Frenchman's Fancy, or a variation thereof.
The second photo shows the lighter side of the coverlet. The geometric figures around the major pattern lend stability to the work. The bottom border has lilies and a lozenge and tree motif first photo with diagonal lines at the edge; the sides have birds crows, ravens?
I have not been able to find photos of a border where the lillies are turned upwards; all others have lillies turned down. There is no fringe on the sides, but double self fringe is on the bottom. The top is folded over and sewn and this shows some wear. The piece is very heavy, perhaps due to wool warp yarns. There is a streak of foxing on the lighter side and slight browning on the other.
An elegant product of an unknown weaver. Both sides of this coverlet are attractive and quite different. Unexpectedly brilliant colors of red, blue and white are worked in the "four snowballs" and "nine roses" patterns. The wide border of double rows of "pine trees" is finished with self fringe on three sides.
This is in excellent condition, and the photos can attest to its beauty. The photos show both the dark and the light side. This is a tied biederwand in indigo and white in the "double roses" pattern with lattice-like outlining.
The side borders have birds and trees or are they candleabra? The bottom has white fringe.
The sides are merely edged in more of the "lattice work". We cannot say who the weaver was; there are only two known female fancy weavers, so this was probably made for Elizabeth Miller. This is in excellent condition.
An all wool tightly woven weaving of two pieces sewn together by hand. The center medallion may have some meaning but I don't know what it is. It is a rondel with 22 petals on an off white background surrounded by borders on the top and bottom of 8.Quilts and Coverlets - Collecting Carolina - NC Weekend - UNC-TV
These bands have alternating rods of 25 cocoa and 27 white in the Navajo style. On the bottom and top there is an additional 4 inch cocoa border and fringe. Some of the fringe is worn, otherwise the piece is in very good condition.
An unusual and startling wall hanging.