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Place Made:
United States of America
Date Made:
wool, linen
HOA: 96; WOA: 87
Accession Number:
DESCRIPTION: Olive green linsey-woolsey quilted bedcovering.

β€œIn the eighteenth century, quilts made of lengths of a single type of cloth, usually wool, called “whole-cloth quilts,” were the most popular type of bedcovering found in America. They were practical, and because they were often filled with wool batting as well as having both top and bottom layers made of wool, they were very warm. The three layers were stitched together with running stitches in decorative patterns. This type of quilt could be made in the colonies or imported from England.”

Peck, Amelia. “American Quilts and Coverlets”. In Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000–. (October 2004)

TERM: By this period bed covers are listed by a variety of names in household inventories. Richard Eagles of eastern North Carolina died in 1769, possessed of “7 Bed quilts, 1 old dubbell Blanket, 6 pr Dubbell Blanketts, 1 Counterpin, 1 Rose Blankett, 1 Old Counterpin & 1 old Quilt.” (J. Bryan Grimes, North Carolina Wills and Inventories (Raleigh, 1921) p. 486)

Credit Line:
Purchase Fund