Antique Quilt Appraisal
I would like an appraisal on this antique quilt. 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. 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 20th century antique quilt appraisal. An amazing amount of patience went into making this beautiful quilt.
It would make sense that your aunt did the tatting for this quilt.Tatting refers to the knotted edging that surrounds this quilt. It’s intricate work that adds beauty. It can also be very time consuming.
The hand stitch style was used during the turn of the 20th century on New England quilts. This type of stitch was used on “crazy quilts”.
The wear to the some of the silk patches is expected. The color coordination and quality is very good.
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