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Woven Quilted Weave Coverlet

1790-1840
Origin: Britain, probably Manchester region, used in New York
Overall including fringe: 94" wide by 99 1/2" high Measurement without fringe: 90 1/4" by 95 1/2"
Cotton; linen; silk (fiber identification by microscope)
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 1964-377
This is an almost square white cotton-and-linen bed cover woven on a loom in imitation of hand quilting, sometimes called "Marseilles." The design shows a large central lobed and stepped medallion enclosing flowers and leaves. Undulating leafy vines form an inner border with quarter-rounds at each of the four inner corners. The two wide outer borders feature scrolling flowers and leaves. The main background pattern is one of shells and scallops. A woven and twisted white cord fringe borders all four sides of coverlet; the fringe is cotton and linen. Worn cross stitch silk initials on the back may be EK or EVR.
Label:Textiles such as this were made on a loom, comprised of a face and backing fabric woven simultaneously with a thin layer of padding between. They were often called "Marseilles" quilting, a name that derived from the hand-quilted objects made in eighteenth and nineteenth-century France.
Provenance:Used by the Glen and Sanders families of Scotia, New York.
Mark(s):See inscriptions.
Inscription(s):Cross-stitch initials on reverse are mostly indecipherable, but may be EK or EVR.