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Object Name Coverlet
Common Name Bedspread
Catalog Number 1981.25.1
Maker Jones, Sarah Clapp Parkhill
Date ca. 1855
Material(s) Wool/Cotton
Dimensions H-21 W-26.25 inches
Description This piece of blue and white hand loomed coverlet material is made of wool and cotton. The pattern is similar to "Summer and Winter Plaid #2." The pattern consists of a 13.5" wide by 10.5" long repeats of distinct blue and white quadrant. The upper left quadrant has 1" wide white vertical stripes separated by blue stripes with a blue horizontal checkered pattern dividing it in half. The upper right quadrant consists of a blue square divided in four by a white cross with a blue square in the middle. The lower right quadrant has 1" wide white horizontal stripes separated by blue stripes with a blue vertical checkered pattern dividing it in half. The lower right quadrant is a blue and white checkered pattern. This pattern of quadrants is repeated four times in this coverlet piece. The sides are the selvedges and the top edges are finished by hand stitches.
Notes The donor submitted a note with this fragment that states that this coverlet was hand loomed by Sarah Clapp Parkhill Jones who was born in North Carolina in 1803, moved to Kentucky about 1825, and lived between Murray and Mayfield in Graves County. According to her granddaughter, this piece was woven before the Civil War. This was donated by the great-great-grandchildren of Sarah Clapp Parkhill Jones, who names are Mary Lalla Byrn Turner, Emily Byrn Neblett, and Chester A. Byrn.
Collection Byrn Family Collection
People Jones, Sarah Clapp Parkhill
Subjects Textiles
Search Terms Graves County (Ky.)
Mayfield (Ky.)
Murray (Ky.)
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS