Here is a real rarity and a true museum
quality antique American Lancaster County Pennsylvania
In Excellent Condition!
This is a 19th Century True Beiderwand
structure coverlet. Not to be confused with a Tied-Beiderwand coverlet.
Many folks don't know the difference or are unaware that there is
a difference in the structure of the weave of these early coverlets. Nearly
all that you will find are tied-Beiderwand. True beiderwand is quite
Here's a simple visual way of identifying
True Beiderwand from Tied-Beiderwand
True Beiderwand: Noticeable ribs
appear only on the reverse side.
Tied-Beiderwand : The coverlet
is reversible and the weaving technique creates fine ribs on both
A beautiful design to this Early Figured
& Fancy full loom width coverlet. The weaving is striking with
green, gold and red wool on a natural linen field. The centerfield
design is of Tulips and Feathers in a large rectangle. The outer border
is of undulating grape vines.
This coverlet is signed /dated in the
weave in all four corners, but it is impossible to read. There is no
loss of wool where these dates and or names occur. Early designs were
often in need of corrections especially where words were used in the weaving,
letters reversed or words spelled incorrectly. As time went on the weaver
would correct the mistakes. And perhaps that is what happened here.
Based on the design elements, we have
attributed this coverlet to Henry F. Stager. Professional weavers of
this time period were known to create their own designs for the punch-cards
that were used on the jacquard attachments to their looms. And this was certainly
one of Stagers designs. Over the years we have had other coverlets
that were signed by Stager with this Tulip and Vine design, and another identical
in pattern to this that was identified as a Henry F. Stager and had the same
characters in each of the corners (see our last
Henry Stager lived and worked in Mount
Joy, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
He was born in 1821 and died in
1888. (He is not to be confused with
Henry Stager of Myerstown, PA. His work is completely different in
Stager is listed in John Heisey's
of American Coverlet Weavers'. The exact border design
that was used in the coverlet that we offer here is listed on page 18 of
that book. His biographical information is on page 108. Additional
information on Henry F. Stager of Mount Joy can be found in the book American
Coverlets and Their
Applied hand sewn fringe on three sides
and a hand turned hem at the top.
92" Long with 2-1/2" applied
fringe to bottom edge
82" Wide with 2-1/2" applied fringe
to either side
In Excellent Condition.
The weave is still tight and strong,
the fibers retain a good hand.
No moth damage, no stains, clean
and odor free.