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Coverlet, circa 1816

Item

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Title

Coverlet, circa 1816

Description

Raised embroidery whitework (also known as candle wicking) coverlet with a tufted basket and grape design. The family narrative states the coverlet was homespun from cotton grown on the farm of James Nicholls and Margaret Randolph Nicholls in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. Whitework textiles were most prevalent in Kentucky between 1800 and the 1830s, and typically made by teenage girls. Elizabeth Randolph Nicholls Godman was aged fifteen when she made this coverlet. Likely the fiber for this coverlet was cultivated on the family farm. Elizabeth may have spun the fiber or taken it to a spinner (free or enslaved person), and then turned it over to a professional weaver in her community. Elizabeth would have then hand stitched the elaborate embroidered design.

Source

1937.1.2, Museum Collection, The Filson Historical Society, Louisville, Kentucky

Date

Format

Identifier

1937.1.2

Coverage

Citation

Godman, Elizabeth Randolph Nicholls , “Coverlet, circa 1816,” The Filson Historical Society Digital Projects, accessed March 2, 2024, https://filsonhistorical.omeka.net/items/show/5837.