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Woven Overshot Coverlet, 1793

Origin: America, New York
OH: 89"; OW: 72"
Linen warp (two ply), cotton and wool wefts
Museum Purchase, The Friends of Colonial Williamsburg Collections Fund
Acc. No. 2003-77,1
This is a rectangular overshot coverlet woven in a geometric design using indigo blue wool and white cotton wefts on a linen warp. The coverlet is woven in two panels and seamed down center. Selvages form the edge finishes and narrow rolled hems are at top and bottom. The inscription woven into corner reads, "C H B 1793".
Label:According to family tradition, Cornelia Hollen Beck, who emigrated from Holland to New York, wove this bed coverlet before her marriage at age eighteen. Woven into the linen, woolen, and cotton coverlet is the date "1793" and the initials "CHB." The coverlet relates stylistically to a handful of eighteenth-century examples woven near Albany, New York, and may actually be the product of a professional weaver working in that area.
Provenance:According to the family this was owned and made by the great great great grandmother of the present-day donor on mother's side. An accompanying pillowcase was made by his step great great great grandmother on father's side. In more recent years, the coverlet was stored in the pillow case.
Mark(s):"CHB 1793" woven into corner