Jacquard Pattern Coverlet
Manufactered by S. Kuder, Trexlerton, Lehigh Co., PA,
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Classification: Building Furnishings, Bedding, Quilt. Materials and Techniques: Cotton warp, Wool and Cotton weft. Style/Period/Movement: Physical Description: In the lower left and right corner, "Manufactured by S. Kuder, Trexlertown, Lehigh Co, PA," C.M. Sipe 1851. The Jacquard Loom was invented by Joseph Marie Jacquard in 1801. This mechanical loom was able to manufacture more complex patterns through the use of pasteboard cards with punched holes that determined the design of the weaving. This allowed complex textiles to be woven by men without extensive training or skill. The loom reduced time, labor and costs as well as allowed the same pattern to be reused. The punch cards were the precursor to the systems used by early computers. This Jacquard Pattern coverlet is a pieced remnant. It consists of five red and blue wool and cotton panels. The design is a floral medallion with a floral and leaf scroll border, the scroll border is on three sides. It is seamed together and edged with red wool yarn. Exhibition History: Collection or Donor: From the Robert L. Schaeffer Jr. Collection donated to the college in 1987. It is said that Schaeffer (American 1918-2001), an avid collector of American folk art, often crossed paths with the Duponts. The collection largely represents a narrow geographic region consisting of Pennsylvania German objects and was accumulated over four decades.
70 x 52 inches
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