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Kersey \Ker"sey\, n.; pl. Kerseys. [Prob. from the town of Kersey in Suffolk, Eng.] A kind of coarse, woolen cloth, usually ribbed, woven from wool of long staple.


n. A type of rough woollen cloth.

Kersey, CO -- U.S. town in Colorado
Population (2000): 1389
Housing Units (2000): 489
Land area (2000): 0.974172 sq. miles (2.523093 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 0.974172 sq. miles (2.523093 sq. km)
FIPS code: 40515
Located within: Colorado (CO), FIPS 08
Location: 40.386060 N, 104.561453 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 80644
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Kersey, CO

Kersey may refer to:

  • Kersey (cloth), a coarse cloth
Kersey (cloth)

Kersey is a kind of coarse woollen cloth that was an important component of the textile trade in Medieval England.

It derives its name from kersey yarn and ultimately from the village of Kersey, Suffolk, having presumably originated in that region. However the cloth was made in many places. It was being woven as early as 1262 in Andover, Hampshire, where regulations prohibited the inclusion of Spanish wool in kerseys. By 1475, the West Riding of Yorkshire including Calderdale was also a major producer, and Devon & Somerset were major producers and exporters until the manufacture later moved to Serge making. Kersey was a lighter weight cloth than broadcloth. English kerseys were widely exported to central Europe and other places: a surviving business letter from the end of the 16th century recommends to trade kerseys for good wine on the Canary Islands.

Kersey yarns were spun in large gauges (thicknesses) from inferior carded wool, and made thick and sturdy cloth. Kersey was a warp-backed, twill-weave cloth woven on a four-treadle loom.

As a rule, half the relatively small, numerous and closely set warp ends [threads] were struck with a big kersey weft in a two-and-two, unbalanced and highly prominent twill. The rest of the ends were simultaneously struck in a one-and-three twill, so they appeared mainly on the back of the cloth, while the back-warp stitches on the face of the cloth were concealed among the face-warp threads. One of the secrets of weaving a good kersey lay in combining the adequate stitching of the weft by the back warp with the concealment of the back-warp stitches.

The back of the cloth was napped and shorn after fulling, producing a dense, warm fabric with a smooth back.

Usage examples of "kersey".

In plain buffin doublets and kersey stockings and heavy, hobnail shoes, they stood cheek by jowl with artisans in leather jerkins and red Monmouth caps.

Norden dussens or hampshire kersies lynd the hose with skins, dublets with lynen of gilford or gedlyman kerseys.

Twig had made for Charley an adikey of white woolen kersey, and another to wear over it of white moleskin cloth, the hood of the latter trimmed with lynx fur.

Norden dussens or hampshire kersies lynd the hose with skins, dublets with lynen of gilford or gedlyman kerseys.

Well, then he laughs as hearty as if he was a-goin' to pieces, and out he walks agin with his powdered head and pigtail, and rolls down the Strand with the chain hangin' out furder than ever, and the great round watch almost bustin' through his gray kersey smalls.