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Jacquard Coverlet

Artist/Maker:
Wilson, Hugh
Place Made:
Hendricks County Indiana United States of America
Date Made:
1850
Medium:
cotton
Dimensions:
WOA: 78 1/2
LOA: 114″
Accession Number:
5622.2
Description:
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, signed corner blocks; design consist of birds (parrots), flowers (roses), leaves, star design on beige background with navy/black and red. Birds are bi-colored red/black, flowers are black and and bi-colored red and blue, stars – bi-colored red and blue.

A seam where the two pieces have been sewn together runs down the middle. Fringe is tri-colored, alternating black, red, and blue on two sides.

Some of Hugh Wilson’s corner blocks after 1849, such as this example, include both “Kentucky” and “Indiana”. By 1850 Hugh Wilson had moved northwest to Hendricks County, Indiana. Rather than make an entirely new pattern for his name block, he added “Indiana H” and modified the Jacquard card to strike through “Kentucky.”

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