I would like a 20th century antique quilt appraisal. The quilt is 55″ x 41″, with 1 1/2″ tatted-lace edging all around. I would guess that Rhoda Nutting (my 3-greats aunt, 1845-1921) did the tatting herself. For an aging seamstress, it would have been the economical way to do it. Also, handwork of all kinds (crocheting, knitting, rug-braiding) are practically a genetic feature of the women in my father’s family!
As a whole, the quilt is in remarkably good condition but, because it’s made of silks over 100 years old, some of the lightest colored pieces show deterioration. The silks that are darker and brighter look almost new. Stitching is intact. The backing is a linsey-woolsey in excellent condition. Clearly the quilt has never been used. (My great-aunt Marie, who gave it to me, had no children.)
AW says: Thanks for the opportunity to do this 20 century antique quilt appraisal. It never fails to amaze me how much patience went into making something like this beautiful quilt.
It would make sense that your aunt did the tatting for this quilt. For readers who’re not sure what tatting is, it refers to the knotted edging that surrounds this quilt. It’s intricate work and ads beauty to any piece. It can also be very time consuming.
The hand stitch style here is that commonly used during the turn of the 20th century on New England quilt work. You often see this stitch on “crazy quilts”.
Regarding the condition, the wear to the some of the silk patches is expected. The color coordination and quality is very good.
Among the rarest antique quilts are those made of only specific matched fabric colors. The main reason for this, is that most quilts of the 20th century were made from old clothes, leftover fabric and remnants. A two tone quilt requires an abundance of matching cloth, a luxury at the time.
Retail value: $325