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Jacquard Coverlet

Wilson, Hugh
Place Made:
Shelby County Kentucky United States of America
Date Made:
WOA: 80 1/2″
LOA: 102 1/2″
Accession Number:
MAKER: Hugh Wilson (1803-1884) was born in Scotland in 1803 to David and Isabelle Wilson. He was weaving in Shelby County, Kentucky by 1824. He married Amy Harrison (1807-1891) in 1828 in Shelby County, Kentucky. They had eleven children while living in Kentucky. In 1849 he moved to Indiana where he resumed weaving. The 1850 Hendricks County, Indiana census lists Hugh Wilson as a 47-year-old weaver with nine children in the home. Hugh and Amy were Quakers and belonged to the West Branch Friends Meeting.

DESCRIPTION: Jacquard coverlet with signed corner block; Pattern of coverlet contains: birds (parrots), flowers (rose), and leaf designs on beige background, with navy and blue bi-coloring. Black fringe on two sides, seam runs down middle.

“A. Vandyke” almost certainly refers to a member of the Vandyke family of Spencer County, Kentucky. Spencer County is directly south of Shelby County where Wilson worked. He wove in Shelby County until 1849, and Hendricks County, Indiana until 1874. Some of his corner blocks after 1849 include both “Kentucky” and “Indiana”.

Credit Line:
From the Noe Collection. Gift of Bob and Norma Noe, Lancaster, Kentucky.