Mary Youngs’ Candlewick Coverlet

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Description

All-white candlewick coverlets are so-called because the twisted thread used to decorate the surface is similar to that used for wicks in candles.

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All-white candlewick coverlets are so-called because the twisted thread used to decorate the surface is similar to that used for wicks in candles. They were made primarily for decoration rather than warmth. The plain white fabric provides the perfect canvas here for Mary Youngs to show off her embroidery skills. Rightly proud of her work, Mary has stitched her name and the date ‘1821’ into the centre panel of this coverlet. She has added further decoration by applying an elaborate cotton fringe to the three sides of the coverlet that hang off the bed.

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Object Name

» candlewick spreads

Dated

1821

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Materials

» cotton (textile)

Technique

» candlewicking (embroidering)
» sewing (needleworking technique)

Production place

» Pennsylvania

Collection

» Textile Collection

Dimensions

264x259cm

Object number

1958.136

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