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This handsome piece was woven before the Civil War (ca. 1845-1860) somewhere in the Midwest, probably Indiana. It is made of linen and wool. The warp is of linen, two strands twisted together. The weft is wool, blue and red, also two strands twisted together. The piece is double-woven so that it is reversible. The pattern repeated in red is the reverse of the blue design. The piece was woven in one long strip on a 3' wide loom, then cut in half and sewn up the center. The construction and size determine the age. The design is a geometric one. The border is the pine tree design. The pine trees cross in the corners, identifying the piece as from an Indiana maker. The lady who commissioned this piece most likely provided some or all of the materials and chose the design. This coverlet measures 74" wide (a generous width) and 94" (extra long) long. The fringe is intact. The top edge has been bound in brown calico. There is minor damage to the red side where the turkey red dyed wool has worn in places. The only damage to the blue side, a small tear, is shown in the photographs. There is no moth damage. The coverlet is clean. The overall condition of this piece is excellent; the piece is between 150 and 175 years old, after all. This coverlet came from a Chicago estate.
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Pre-Civil War Red, White, and Blue Woven Geometric Coverlet
$143 USD SOLD
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