COVERLETS - Over 500 coverlets have been pledged to the Museum so far.
The Zongor collection is featured in Coverlets at the Gilchrist: American Coverlets 1771-1889, an exhibit catalog published in 2005 and available from them. Their coverlets include geometric examples in overshot, double weave and summer & winter structures, as well as figured and fancy. This collection includes the oldest known overshot coverlet to be dated in the weave (1771). It is older than similar examples in the collections of Winterthur and Colonial Williamsburg. Their “latest” coverlet is dated 1889.
Several additional collections are pledged for eventual donation to the Museum, and those coverlets will be available to the Museum for exhibition and/or study in the meantime.
While quality is more important than quantity, it is hoped that the Museum will eventually house thousands of fine and rare coverlets, for display and study. We are actively seeking donations of interesting and unusual coverlets – entire collections or individual examples.
OTHER IMPORTANT MATERIALS - Antique weaving equipment and important research archives are also coming to the Museum, and the list is growing.
The National Museum of the American Coverlet is working to establish an open and sharing relationship with the nation’s general interest museums, historical societies and other institutions that presently house coverlets. We already have offers of this type and expect to develop more.