A True Museum Quality American
In Mint Condition, fabulous
bold and bright colors. All to often these antique coverlets show colors
that are washed out and fibers that are worn from years of continual
use. This one is in mint condition! The fibers are still strong with
great body and hand, no rips, or tears, and no moth damage or holes of any
kind, no odors, no stains or spots. Both the side weft fringe, and
the bottom applied fringe is full and complete and in excellent
The Tri-County area of Berks,
Lebanon & Lancaster is well known for the many famous Pennsylvania coverlet
weavers who lived and worked here more than 160 years ago. Over the
past 40+ years that we have been in business we've sold many coverlets
made by the weavers that lived and worked in this particular area in the
ear;y and mid 19th century, William Ney, Henry Stager, Henry Oberly, John
Smith, Jacob Witmer, Henry Brehm, Henry Philpy, Christian Yordy, Rudolph
Ressler, Peter Leisey and Samuel Mellinger. Many of these coverlets were
passed down in the same familes that they were originally made for, and still
in excellent condition.
The coverlet that we offer
here we have attributed to Henry Oberly who lived in Womelsdorf,
just a few miles down the road from where we live.
was a Pennsylvania born weaver and remained in Pennsylvania for his entire
life. In the 1850 census Oberly is listed as being 45 years of age,
living with his wife Catherine and their three children in
Womelsdorf. He is listed on
page 93 of John Heisey's book
of American Coverlet Weavers'.
And in fact there is a full page illustration
of this very same pattern by Oberly on page 90 of that book, see our image
of that illustration below. That one also has his signature corner
block trademark of the turkey in a tree with rooster. Oberly is also
listed on page 60 and 61 in the McCarl Collection book
Coverlets and Their Weavers".
A beautiful antique coverlet of
great weight and body. A most complex design of the Double Roses Pattern
with additional rosebuds and partially opened roses on leafy stems just above
and below each of the large cabbage roses. The large roses are interspersed
with a secondary motif of small rosettes around a diamond A horizontal band
with small crosses and flowers separates each repeat of the large cabbage
roses. Tulip and Fern border to the sides and across the bottom.
The structure is Tied Beiderwand. Made
of natural undyed cotton and wool in brilliant scarlet red and deep indigo
blue. There is thick fringe to both sides and an applied fringe on the
bottom. The center seam is very well matched and sewn by hand with a
heavy linen thread as is the rolled top edge of the coverlet.
This one is unblemished and in excellent
condition, an absolute gem of an antique coverlet, one that we consider to
be of museum quality.
Beautiful and very heavy this
fine coverlet displays the expert skill of the professional Pennsylvania
weaver of the early 1800's.
The price of course reflects the
fact that it is unsigned. A signed Henry Oberly coverlet from the 1840
period, in this same Mint Condition would command a price of several thousand
SIZE: 96" x 84" plus 4"
Excellent ... MINT Condition ... A Rare
True Museum Quality for Your
This has been packed away for many years,
In fact, much of the weft fringe is uncut
- still looped at the ends!
There is no moth damage,
no holes of any kind, no rips or tears. The fringe is in excellent
condition with no loss. The fabric has a good strong hand to it, it is not
limp and lifeless from repeated washings and there are no odors, spots or
A Fine example of a Berks County
Hand Woven Figured & Fancy
Image below shows reverse of the
coverlet at the hand stitched, well matched center
Deep Indigo Blue and Brilliant Scarlet
This is a Double Loom Width Coverlet
with Beautifully Matched Center Seam
Hand Turned Top Edge Stitched with
Heavy Linen Thread