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Woven Overshot Coverlet by Unknown Maker

1830-1860
Origin: Virginia, probably Pulaski
94 x 72 inches; selvage to selvage about 36 inches 40 warps per inch; 36 cotton wefts per inch; 25 wool wefts per inch. Horizontal repeat: 6 1/4 inches; vertical repeat 5 1/2 inches
Cotton warp and weft with wool pattern weft
Gift of Mrs. Herbert Young.
Acc. No. 1982-195
Rectangular coverlet woven in overshot technique in geometric pattern of blue-black and coral-red wool with natural cotton tabby (plain) weave ground. The pattern is based on a square grid of diagonals, checks, and stripes of various width created by the wool pattern weft. Woven in two panels and hand seamed at center. Selvage edges have 1/4-inch rolled hem; the bottom and top edges have half-inch folded hem. Fragile condition.
Provenance:Descended in the Howe family, Pulaski, Virginia