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160 Two-color Woven Wool and Cotton Coverlet, Harry Tyler, Butterville, Jefferson County, New York, 1845, two-piece doubleweave, summer/winter coverlet woven with strawberry red wool yarn and natural cotton with a central field of floral, star, and heart medallions, bordered on three sides with leafy trees and fences with two trademark spreadwing eagle and stars corner blocks with woven inscription “MARY.ANN SHUTLEFF/ JEFFERSON CO. N.Y./1845,” (wear, minor losses), approx. 88 x 83 in.

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Literature: This coverlet is pictured in Coverlets and the Spirit of America, by Joseph D. Shein, with Melinda Zonger, (Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., Pennsylvania, 2002), pp. 112-13. Tyler writes: “The eagle trademark in Harry Tyler’s later coverlets replace the earlier lions ... They are done in several variations and with some turned sideways. It is said that his son Elman designed them, as he wanted something more American.” $1,000-1,500

161 Four-color Woven Wool and Cotton Tied-Beiderwand Coverlet with Railroad Car Border, Jacob Lutz, East Hempfield Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, 1848, two-piece summer/winter 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.

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Literature: This coverlet is pictured in Coverlets and the Spirit of America, by Joseph D. Shein, with Melinda Zonger (Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., Pennsylvania, 2002), pp. 116-17. Shein 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.” $1,000-1,500

American Furniture & Decorative Arts | Skinner Auction 2680B  

The October 27, 2013 Skinner American Furniture & Decorative Arts auction in Boston includes many fine examples of newly discovered furnitur...

American Furniture & Decorative Arts | Skinner Auction 2680B  

The October 27, 2013 Skinner American Furniture & Decorative Arts auction in Boston includes many fine examples of newly discovered furnitur...