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Tyler Coverlet Collection
from the JCHS Archives

Tyler Red LionHarry Tyler - Weaver

Harry Tyler was a prominent weaver in 19th century Jefferson County. He was known primarily for his bridal coverlets that were inscribed with the name of the bride, her county of origin, and the year in which the coverlet was woven. These coverlets were an essential piece of every upper class bride’s “setting out.” Though famous for these wedding coverlets, Tyler’s repertoire also included coverlets for other occasions such as baptisms and births. He also wove non-occasion coverlets and rugs for children as well as individuals.

Tyler Blue LionHarry Tyler was born in Connecticut in 1801 to English parents. Tyler eventually settled in Butterville, Jefferson County in 1834. It was then that he began to weave his famous coverlets. Of a mechanical mind, Tyler built his own looms on which all the coverlets were woven, either by himself or his children who apprenticed under him. The coverlets came in two predominate colors: red or blue, with the dye sourced locally from Elisha Camp of Sacket’s Harbor. They were also reversible, with the dominant color on the front set against a white background on the back. The coverlets were made of two pieces sewn together— the right and left side of the coverlets (on both sides) were mirror images of each other.

Tyler Blue EagleAnother distinguishing feature among the coverlets is the symbol on the bottom right hand corner. The early coverlets were adorned with a lion, a nod to Tyler’s English heritage. Eventually, the American eagle was introduced. It is said that British brides preferred the lion, British brides with American sentiments requested the lion with stars, and American brides chose the eagle.

Harry Tyler died in 1858 at the age of 57 after suffering a stroke and is buried in Smithville Cemetery, Jefferson County, NY.

The Tyler Coverlet Collection

The Jefferson County Historical Society is fortunate to have over 40 Harry Tyler coverlets in its collection. These coverlets are displayed on a rotational basis in the second floor bedroom. Listed below is an index to the Tyler Coverlet Collection. If you would like to see a particular coverlet, please contact the Curator at (315) 782-3491.

Tyler Coverlet Collection Index
Angel, Mary E.
Eagle - Red
1856
Gurnee, Emily E.
Eagle - Red
1852
Loveland, Olive R.
Eagle - Blue
1848
Reeves, Lorinda
Eagle - Blue
1843
White, Cynthia Ann
Lion - Blue
1844
Barrett, Eunice
Eagle - Blue
1840
Hadcock, Simeon
Eagle - Red
1854
Mankell, Mary Ann
Lion - Blue
1840
Rice, Caroline
Lion - Blue
1838
Wilconson, Martha
Eagle - Blue
1848
Bristol, Jerusha M.
Eagle - Blue
1854
Hatch, Mary Maria
Lion - Blue
1843
Mantle, Dorothy R.
Lion - Blue
1839
Sterrett, Adelia E.
Lion - Blue
1844
Wilcox, Maria
Lion - Red
1841
Chapman, Etta Tyler
Lion - Blue
1835
Hungerford, Eliza
Eagle - Blue
1850
Moore, Laura
Lion - Blue
1839
Taylor, Philetus S.
Lion - Red
1842
Withington, Elizabeth
Eagle - Red
1852
Clark, Sally
Lion - Red
1841
Hungerford, G. W.
Lion - Red
1830
More, Christian
Eagle - Blue
1854
Terry, Hannah
Lion - Blue
1840
 
Crittenton, Isaac D.
Eagle - Blue
1851
Jenka, Olive
Eagle - Blue
1846
Packer, Ruth Ann
Lion - Red
1843
Tyler, Cynthia
White
1857
 
Crook, Polly
Lion - Red
1840
Klock, Catherine
Eagle - Blue
1850
Parish, Eliza Ann
Lion - Blue
1843
Washburn, Elizabeth
Lion - Blue
1842
 
Crook, Polly
Eagle - Blue
1842
Ladd, Matilda C.
Eagle - Blue
1848
Phelps, Jonathan E.
Eagle - Red
1849
Washburn, Electa
Eagle - Red
1856
 
Frazier, Matilda
Eagle - Blue
1851
Lam, Emily
Lion - Blue
1845
Pierce, Nancy C.
Eagle - Blue
1851
Webster, Lois
Lion - Blue
1842
 
Greene, Return R.
Lion - Blue
1842
Lewis, Sarah
Eagle - Blue
1845
Powers, Nancy M.
Eagle - Red
1849
White, Emma Jane
Eagle - Red
1856
 

 

Tyler Coverlet ReproductionTyler Coverlet Reproduction

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