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Woven Tied Beiderwand Coverlet

Probably 1855-1870
Origin: Mount Joy (Lancaster County), Pennsylvania
Side 1 (shirttail hem at top turned under): Rhand side 81" excluding fringe and 83" including fringe. Bottom edge 80" excluding fringe and 85" including fringe.
Dark green, red, and orange wools with white cotton (no fibers microscopically analyzed as of 10/31/91)
Gift of Mr. & Mrs. Foster McCarl, Jr.
Acc. No. 1991.609.14
This is a tied Beiderwand woven seamless coverlet in dark green, red, and orange wools with natural cotton. The coverlet is self-fringed at sides with applied fringe at bottom. The corner blocks consist of the same rectangular- formatted rose spray. A twining grapevine forms a border on all four sides but is elongated on sides and "condensed" at top and bottom. The centerfield pattern is a vertically-oriented rectangle enclosing an octagon reserve, all filled with stylized floral & foliage patterns. The rectangle is set against a field of a small overall repeat with a twining floral design surrounding it. Woven backwards and forwards across the bottom border is "LATEST + IMPROVED + P + WAR=/RANTED + M + BY + H + STAGER + MOUNT JOY."
Provenance:Ownership prior to AARFAM's donor is unknown.