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Whitework Coverlet

Artist/Maker:
Coble, Dorothy Fogleman
Place Made:
Alamance County North Carolina United States of America
Date Made:
1820-1840
Medium:
cotton
Dimensions:
HOA: 82 1/2; WOA: 63
Accession Number:
2698.1
Description:
The fylfot motif seen on this coverlet may be indicative of the Coble and Fogleman family’s Germanic background.
History:
This bedcover descended in the Coble family of Alamance County, North Carolina, and was probably made by Dorothy (Fogleman) Coble (1807-1875). Dorothy Fogleman married Martin Luther Coble (1802-1846) on December 22, 1827. They are buried at Lows Lutheran Church near the town of Whitsett, Guilford County, North Carolina, which served the German Lutheran community that inhabited both sides of the Guilford-Alamance border.

Martin Coble’s 1846 probate inventory suggests that Dorothy was actively involved in textile production. It listed a loom, a pair of warping bars, eighteen spools, four sets of slays and harnesses, a cotton wheel, a flax wheel, a reel, and a pair of cards.

Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. C. E. Bennett, Jr.