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Coverlets, Cultural Objects
Rose in the Wilderness Coverlet (black & white)
PeopleMaker/Creator: Martha Ann “Mattie” Yates King
PlacesStonewall, Check, Locust Grove District
Cotton and wool
- Rose in the Wilderness pattern
- Colors: black, gray, white
- Dimensions: 89 x 64 inches
- Two panels (32 inches wide) joined and hemmed by hand
- Pattern is very nearly matched
This lightweight overshot coverlet is one of two in our collection woven by Mattie Yates King using the “Rose in the Wilderness” pattern.
Mattie Yates’ 1897 marriage to Thomas Merritt King was not recorded in the family Bible due to the objections of her father and older sister Virginia. Thomas King was first married to Mattie’s sister Sally who had died in 1889, leaving three children. Mattie wove five coverlets, one for each of her sister’s children plus the two she and Thomas had together. Effie K. Brown was the youngest child in the family.