Jacquard Pattern Coverlet
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Manufactered by S. Kuder, Trexlerton, Lehigh Co., PA, S. Lichtenwallner
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Classification: Building Furnishings, Bedding, Quilt. Materials and Techniques: Cotton Warp and Cotton and Wool Weft. Style/Period/Movement: Physical Description: In the lower left and right corner: Manufactured by S. Kuder, Trexlertown Lehigh Co, Pa. S. Lichtenwallner, 1855. 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 all rose-pink and white. There is a rectangular central floral with basket medallion with a floral border surrounding it. On the two sides and bottom is a scroll-like border. The fringe has been woven separately and hand sewn onto three sides of the coverlet. Exhibition History: Dana Room, Steinman College Center, F&M College, Lancaster, PA, March 29-April 13, 1989, "Pennsylvania Treasures." Rothman Gallery, F&M College. Lancaster, PA, Winter of 1994, 1996 & 1998. Limit exhibition owing to coverletnulls condition. 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.
74 x 88 inches
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