Coverlet Woven by L. Hesse, 1845

Summary

A coverlet is a decorative bedcovering--usually made of cotton and wool--woven on a loom. This coverlet's multiple colors were popular with weavers and clients of German heritage as were the distelfinks (thistle finches) seen in the borders. And, indeed, the weaver of this coverlet, immigrant Leberecht Hesse, was born in Saxony, Germany in about 1809.

A coverlet is a decorative bedcovering--usually made of cotton and wool--woven on a loom. This coverlet's multiple colors were popular with weavers and clients of German heritage as were the distelfinks (thistle finches) seen in the borders. And, indeed, the weaver of this coverlet, immigrant Leberecht Hesse, was born in Saxony, Germany in about 1809.

Artifact

Coverlet

Date Made

1845

Creators

Hesse, L., 1808-1868 

Place of Creation

United States, Ohio, Somerset 

Creator Notes

Woven by L. Hesse of Somerset Township, Perry County, Ohio

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

2007.72.4

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of the Fred & Margaret Brusher Family

Material

Cotton (Textile)
Wool (Textile)

Technique

Tying
Weaving

Color

Beige (Color)
Blue
Dark bluish green
Light blue
Red

Dimensions

Width: 81 in  (Two 40.5 inch panels, joined.)

Length: 85 in

Inscriptions

in corner blocks: C. A. / SOMERSET / OHIO.1845. / L. HESSE. / WEAVER.

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