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Coverlet

American, Delaware
about 1840
Possibly made for Mary Ann Le Cotes Hastings (American, 1862 – 1954)


Dimensions

Overall: 243.8 × 208.3 cm (96 × 82 in.) Other (fringe): 13.3 cm (5 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

2017.493

Medium or Technique

Wool and cotton compound weave with patterning wefts; applied wool and cotton fringe; cotton plain weave tape

Not On View

Classifications

Textiles

Woven coverelet in traditional overshot pattern in blue, red and green with red, blue and white fringe sewn around sides sides and bottom. Single-ply white cotton warp threads were used with similar white cotton weft threads and single-ply wool threads in blue, red, and green. There is an abutting seam down the center for two woven lengths, about 36” wide. Top is hemmed with about 1/4” seam allowance. The fringe is made from two-ply white cotton warp threads and two-ply wool threads. The colors alternate beween blue, red, and narrower bands of white. The fringe is applied with a blanket stitch, and white cotton tape, about 1/4” wide is sewn across the bottom edge, which reenforces the seam across the bottom. An extra 5 1/2” inches of fringe is folded over in the upper right corner.

Provenance

Owned by Mary Ann Le Cotes Hastings (1856-1954) of Delmar, Delaware; by inheritance to her daughter, Katherine Francis (b. Dec. 1882) of Delmar, Delaware; 1954, given to Katherine Francis's son, William Francis (b. 1907), at his grandmother's funeral; Around 2016, given by daughter of William Francis to Gerald E. Roy of Warner, New Hampshire; 2017, gift from Gerald E. Roy to the MFA. (Accession date: April 19, 2017)

Credit Line

Gift of Gerald E. Roy in honor of Betty I. Cullen