Four-color Woven Wool and Cotton Tied-beiderwand Coverlet with Railroad Car Border, Jacob Lutz, East Hempfield Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, 1848, two-piece coverlet in shades of brick red, scarlet red, blue, and celery green, with a central field of intersecting rows of sunbursts and blossoms and leaves, bordered on three sides with locomotives and boxcars, two corner blocks with wove inscription "MADE BY J.LUTZ E. HEMPFIELD TOWNSHIP FOR SARAH HEIDELBAU 1848," (wear, minor losses), approx. 87 x 81 in.
Literature: This coverlet is pictured in Coverlets and the Spirit of America, Melinda Zongor (Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., Pennsylvania, 2002), pp. 116-17. Zongor writes: "The delightful train motif in this coverlet is unquestionably celebrating railroading as an industry and was made in Hempfield Township, Pennsylvania. However, it cannot be specifically honoring the well-known Hempfield railroad, since the coverlet was made several years before that railroad was constructed."
Minor toning, subtle scattered losses to wool yarn.
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