Gentle Friends, I wanted to wrap up the week with a wonderful surprise gift made to me by a dear friend. Last weekend our friends, who lives down in Monterrey, came up for a break for the heat - since we hover in the low 70's upper 60's a little cool air did her some good. She has been a friends of Rico's for years, from when they were very young and living down in Merced, in the San Joaquin valley.
She has visited lots of times before and usually the most we do is exchange books, we both like reading Royal biographies and stories, she borrows from me and I borrow from her. This time while we were all sitting around she said, I brought a present for you. I was dumbfounded, she said "its an old blanket that I have no real use for". I was thinking fast, what to do with an old blanket...... then out from the plastic bag she brought it in came a gorgeous hand woven overshot coverlet. My jaw hit the ground. She unfolded this wonderful thing looking for the hand written tag her great Aunt attached, in 1969, giving the provenance and names attached to its earliest history. I couldn't believe it - the tag dated it to before 1850 and probably to Virginia as the family moved west to Tennessee then and it came west with them. Here are a couple of snaps......
I spread it out on my Great-Grandmothers bed to show how it looks - and it looks super de duper!! and here's a closeup....
.... I didn't leave it on the bed but folded it up and put it away. Th coverlet is made up of three woven strips sew together length wise - that are about 30" wide by 102" long. There is next to no damage, except a little fraying here and there on the edges and one of the corners, other than that it is in super condition.
Now, here's the question.... is there a repository of these coverlets or a place one can get more info and try and date it?? Anyone out there know anything about these or how to care and display such a treasure??? it has virtually no odor, its a little musty from living in a trunk but that's about all there is going on with it, I think if it was to hang outside in the fresh air that would dissipate quickly.
That's about it for today sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!! Have a great weekend!