Coverlet Woven by George Engel, 1855

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 George Engel, was born in Oldenburg, Germany in about 1810.

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 George Engel, was born in Oldenburg, Germany in about 1810.

Artifact

Coverlet

Date Made

1855

Creators

Engel, George, b. ca. 1810 

Place of Creation

United States, Ohio, Berne township 

Creator Notes

Woven by George Engel of Berne Township, Fairfield County, Ohio

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

2007.72.5

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
Green
Red

Dimensions

Width: 75.5 in  (Two 38 inch panels, joined.)

Length: 89 in

Inscriptions

in corner blocks: OHIO.1855 / G. ENGEL / WEAVER.

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