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Woven Tied Beiderwand Coverlet

1845
Origin: America, Pennsylvania, Lehigh Co.
OL: 97" with fringe; 94" without fringe OW: 79" with fringe; 72.5" without fringe
Warp: Cotton; Weft: Cotton; Supplementary Weft: Wool
Gift of Adam A. Schmauch
Acc. No. 1979.609.4
This coverlet is a red, green, blue and yellow single woven coverlet, which is made from two pieces of woven fabric that have been stitched together to form a center seam. It is woven in a tied beiderwand construction, which has natural cotton warp threads. The weft consists of natural cotton threads and red, green, blue and yellow wool threads. The center ground consists of alternating rows of floral and scroll motifs. This is surrounded on three sides by a floral border. It has a corner block in the bottom two corners. The inscription in each of these corner blocks reads "MADE BY/ JOHN/ SEIBERT/ LOWHILL/ T. LEHIGH/ CO. FOR/ ESTHER/ MEYER." The coverlet has fringe on three sides, which was woven as a separate piece and then stitched to the edges of the coverlet. The top edge has a rolled hem.
Provenance:Nothing is known of Esther Meyer, the client for whom the coverlet was woven. The donor reports that the coverlet was owned by his maternal line, a Bachman family of Tamaqua, Pennsylvania.
Mark(s):Woven into the corner blocks is: "MADE BY/ JOHN/ SEIBERT/ LOWHILL/ T. LEHIGH/ CO. FOR/ ESTHER/ MEYER."