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Woven Overshot Coverlet

1860-1900
Origin: America, Southeast, Tennessee, Rockwood
Overall (L x W): 89 3/4 x 70in. (228 x 177.8cm)
Cotton and wool
Gift of Beatrix T. Rumford
Acc. No. 2006.609.4
This is a rectangular overshot coverlet woven of rust-red wool, blue wool, and white cotton in a geometric pattern of square tables and X's, a pattern sometimes called "Governor's Garden." It consists of two seamed panels with selvages at sides and hems at top and bottom.

Label:This coverlet gets its geometric design through an overshot weave. During weaving, the blue and red threads are shot over the plain weave fabric, giving the structure its name. The extra threads mean the coverlet is thicker and warmer than it would be otherwise, while also being decorative. This design is sometimes referred to as “Governor’s Garden” and does indeed recall formal English gardens.
Provenance:The coverlet was collected in 1922 by maternal grandmother of Beatrix Rumford, Elsie Bachman Clymer of Utica, NY, Rockwood, TN, and Bucks County, PA.