Jacquard Pattern Coverlet
C. Lochman, Hamburg 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 border along the bottom corners, "C. Lochman, Hamburg." 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 made of navy blue wool yarn and cream cotton twine. The design is a cluster of roses in a block like formation. There is also a single flower between them. The side borders are a floral and leaf design in a scroll motif. The bottom border is a row of vases with 2 roses. The top looks as if it was cut off. There is new blue cotton binding tape sewn on by machine all around. There is no center seam. 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.
81 x 87 inches
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