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Woven Tied Beiderwand Coverlet by Unknown Maker

1840-1850
Origin: America, Pennsylvania (probably) Ohio (possibly)
89" x 80 1/2" (226.1 cm. x 204.5 cm.)
Wool and cotton
Gift of Mr. & Mrs. Foster McCarl, Jr.
Acc. No. 1986.609.18
This is a single-woven coverlet of tied beiderwand construction in dark blue wool and white cotton with a supplementary thread of light blue cotton; center-seamed; self-fringed at sides and bottom; and has a rolled-over hem at top. The side borders are mirror repeats of a peacock on a flowering branch, the birds being separated by two types of cross- hatched ornament; below them is a row of sprigs and above them a continuous border of angular ornament. The corner blocks are simply a quarter of a repeat of the interior design: a section of a starburst, two pendant blooms, and a rose bloom with two buds in the inner corner. The bottom border consists of repeats of the same peacock as in the side borders, but here the mirror-images are oriented vertically related to the design, rather than horizontally. The interior consists of a "four roses" variant alternating with four more loosely joined blooms for one horizontal border; this row alternates with one of the large eight- pointed starbursts and a different, loosely- joined four-flower cluster.
Provenance:Ownership prior to the donor's is unknown. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Foster McCarl, Jr., Beaver Falls, Pa.
Mark(s):No marks
Inscription(s):No inscriptions