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October 27, 2013 10:00 AMCalender

Four-color Woven Wool and Cotton Tied-beiderwand Coverlet with Railroad Car Border

Auction: American Furniture & Decorative Arts - 2680B Location: Boston Date / Time: October 27, 2013 10:00AM


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."
Estimate $1,000-1,500

Minor toning, subtle scattered losses to wool yarn.

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Pennsylvania, SARAH HEIDELBAU, Lancaster County, East Hempfield Township, Joseph D. Shein, Schiffer Publishing Ltd., Melinda Zonger, Hempfield Township