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Maker(s):Hall, Lucretia Street
Culture:American (1773-1851)
Date Made:ca. 1830
Materials:textile:black twill weave? wool; polychrome woolen yarns
Place Made:United States; Massachusetts; Charlemont
Measurements:overall: 94 in x 94 in; 238.76 cm x 238.76 cm
Accession Number:  HD F.006
Credit Line:Gift of Katherine Andrews Healy (Mrs. John Healy)
Museum Collection:  Historic Deerfield

Embroidered coverlet comprised of three strips of twill-woven wool decorated with brightly colored, homespun and dyed wool, embroidered floral sprays on a black background, which is attributed to Lucretia Hall (1773-1851), the wife of Joel Hall (1771-1850) of Charlemont who married in 1793 in Wallingford, Connecticut. Embroidered blankets were popular in western Massachusetts. Such bed furnishings, prominent in the household, remained a means of conveying assets and an air of refinement well into the 19th century. According to family tradition, this example was one of several made by Lucretia Hall (1773-1851) for her family members. The Halls raised sheep in East Charlemont, and Lucretia spun, dyed and wove the wool using her own designs for the coverlets. This coverlet was presented to her granddaughter, Mary Pratt (1830-1912), the daughter of Catherine Hall Prattl (1808-1890) who married Josiah Pratt (1802-1887) in 1828. See also coverlet frament (F.466) and fragment (F.566) by Lucretia Hall. This coverlet was given to HD by Katherine Andrews Healy (1871-1959), the great-granddaughter of Lucretia and Joel Hall, who along with John J. Healy gave the Hall Tavern to HD.

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