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Woven Summer Winter Coverlet

1810-1840
Origin: America, New England or Mid-Atlantic(probably)
OL 96" x OW 78" (243.8 cm. x 198.1 cm.)
Wool and linen
Bequest of Grace Hartshorn Westerfield
Acc. No. 1974.609.13
This is a rectangular dark blue wool and natural linen coverlet woven in a twill diaper structure. The coverlet consists of two panels center seamed with no fringe. The pattern is a simple geometric design.
Label:Variations of twill diaper construction were used to create many types of domestic textiles, including table linens and horse blankets, in addition to bedcovers. The patterning is based on contrast between the warp and weft faces of an unbalanced weave. The diagonal "ribs" that characterize twill are evident in close inspection. Yet the simple geometric design is similar in overall effect to many patterns wrought in both doublecloth and overshot structures.
Provenance:From the estate of Grace H. Westerfield, Camden, Maine
Mark(s):No marks
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