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Woven Doublecloth Coverlet

1849
Origin: America, New York, Palmyra
Blue side up: 87 3/4" X 79 1/4" (222.9 x 201.3 cm.).
Wool and cotton
Gift of Doris Baker
Acc. No. 1990.609.1
This is a doublecloth woven seamless coverlet with large floral medallion at center of field and small scattered floral sprays. Large-scale twining floral vine and sprays form inner borders with a smaller, tightly-twined flower and leaf design forming outer. The inscription on bottom edge of coverlet reads forward and backwards: "Ann E Smith WOVEN AT PALMYRA N.Y. BY J. VAN NESS." The date "1849" appears above outer border in each of the four corners.

Label:By the middle of the nineteenth century, coverlet patterns often featured large central floral medallions as seen in this example, or, alternatively, a field of repetitive geometric tile-like motifs. Both illustrate the prevailing Victorian taste for filling space.

This handsome bedcover was woven for the donor's great-grandmother, Ann Eliza Smith.
Provenance:Coverlet was woven for the donor's great-grandmother, Ann Eliza Smith, who lived in an unidentified New York state locale. In 1856 she married Alonzo Baker (b.1829); they met in Michigan and lived in that state in Burns Township, Shiawassee Co. She was buried in Michigan near Bancroft, a village between Lansing and Flint. Ann and Alonzo's son Charles also had a son named Charles; the last-named was the farther of AARFAM's donor.
Inscription(s):The inscription on bottom edge of coverlet reads forward and backwards: "Ann E Smith WOVEN AT PALMYRA N.Y. BY J. VAN NESS." The date "1849" appears above outer border in each of the four corners.