L.A. Wright Coverlet
One of the earliest dated coverlets in the Museum’s collection was woven by Harry Tyler.Full description »
One of the earliest dated coverlets in the Museum’s collection was woven by Harry Tyler. Born of British parentage in Connecticut, Tyler later lived in Jefferson County, New York.
In the corner of this coverlet is the name of the person it was made for, ‘L. A. Wright’, and Tyler’s trademark – a lion – which he used until 1845 when he changed it to an eagle. Tyler drew all his own patterns and worked alone, assisted only by his children. The dyeing of the yarns was done in a small building at the rear of the house.
'The well-earned pride and confidence of the weave is proclaimed in a handbill dated 25 September 1856:
COVERLET AND CARPET WEAVING
By Harry Tyler, two miles south of Smithville, Jefferson County, N.Y. Persons wishing the above work may be assured that all work entrusted to my care shall be done as well, if not better, than by any other weaver in the State.'
Jean M. Burks, Senior Curator and Director, Curatorial Department, Shelburne Museum