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Collection HCHS Quilt Collection
Catalog Number Quilt 30
Object Name Coverlet
Description Asbury coverlet woven for Mary Ann Stires Fisher, wife of Mahlon Fisher. Coverlets were often woven in two separate parts and seamed through the middle. When taken apart for cleaning, they often got separated.

Material: Wool, indigo and natural colored cotton.

Maker: Woven by J. Davidson, Fancy Weaver of Asbury, NJ. Weaver used a Jacquard attachment that was developed in the early 19th century in France. Arge floral medallions in the field are often referred to as "Lilies of France" or "Frenchman's Fancy". The bottom border includes leaf and tree designs with the word "Liberty". J. Davidson was born in 1809 in NJ. He was weaving in Asbury, Warren County, NJ at the Ark Factory along the Musconetcong River. His surviving coverlets range from 1834 to 1837. He sold the Ark Factory in 1837 to Christian Van Nortwick, who continued to weave ingrain carpeting and coverlets.
Date 1836
People Fisher, Mahlon
Fisher, Mary Stiles
Subjects Quilting
Quilts
Textiles
Weaving
Textile Industry