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Thread: I NEED HELP TO IDENTIFY HOW OLD THIS QUILT TOP IS PLEASE Appraisal on Page 3

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    I was told it dates to the 1850's
    Does anyone here have any knowledge on these fabics.
    Hopefully the pics will attach.
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    wow...can't believe I did the picture attachments...lol

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    nice quilt..can't tell you about the fabrics..but it does look like some of the civil war fabics i have, but mine r reproduction..

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    pretty, no idea of age, but it looks in brand new shape, not worn or faded. That would make me doubt the age. Repo fabrics can be used to fool people into thinking thry are getting something old when it isn't. I hope yours IS old!

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    The fabric seems to be in awfully good shape to be over 150 years old??? However old it is; it's beautiful! :D

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    See if your lqs has info on an apprasier in your area...or maybe in your phone book for one ?

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    i do see some stains on it though. so it's been around awhile at least.

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    It is just a top? not quilted correct? If it was from the time you thought and hand quilted it would be easier to date. Just my thought...

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    Quote Originally Posted by dreamer2009
    I was told it dates to the 1850's
    Does anyone here have any knowledge on these fabics.
    Hopefully the pics will attach.
    the stripe do not know but the plaid is from the early fiftys that is 1950s.. had a dress with the green same pattern my mom made..it is pretty and the brown patterns is from that time also..

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilting Carol
    It is just a top? not quilted correct? If it was from the time you thought and hand quilted it would be easier to date. Just my thought...
    I totally agree with you; however it's not quilted.
    I just looked at back again and the actual blocks are hand stitched but the sashing s are not. This is not reproduction fabric of that I am sure...I just can't seem to find anything to date it to in my books.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nativetexan
    i do see some stains on it though. so it's been around awhile at least.
    definately needs a good soaking.

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    I spent about 20 minutes with Eileen Trestain's "Dating Fabric A Color Guide 1800-1960" looking at the samples in the book and at your quilt's fabrics.

    Though I couldn't identify specific fabrics, your quilt has the feel of the 1840-1880 period with its stripes, plaids, and umbre' prints. Is it possible, or even apparent that the browns may have been purples at one time? Because the dye was fugitive it may have turned brown and not seem purple at all. A chemical purple didn't appear until 1862.

    I also have Trestain's book "Dating Fabrics A Color Guide 1950-2000" and in looking through her examples of the 1950-1960 period, they just don't "feel" like yours look, even though some plaids are evident in both eras.

    Hope you have it evaluated by an appraiser who can see it up close; and that you tell us about it! I'm curious!

    Jan in VA

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in VA
    I spent about 20 minutes with Eileen Trestain's "Dating Fabric A Color Guide 1800-1960" looking at the samples in the book and at your quilt's fabrics.

    Though I couldn't identify specific fabrics, your quilt has the feel of the 1840-1880 period with its stripes, plaids, and umbre' prints. Is it possible, or even apparent that the browns may have been purples at one time? Because the dye was fugitive it may have turned brown and not seem purple at all. A chemical purple didn't appear until 1862.

    I also have Trestain's book "Dating Fabrics A Color Guide 1950-2000" and in looking through her examples of the 1950-1960 period, they just don't "feel" like yours look, even though some plaids are evident in both eras.

    Hope you have it evaluated by an appraiser who can see it up close; and that you tell us about it! I'm curious!

    Jan in VA
    i WISH i KNEW HOW MUCH AN APPRASIAL would cost.
    I found this tossed on the ground at a garage sale.
    Cost $1.00
    I just had a feeling it had value.

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    Love it! I think appraisals start around $50'ish. I think it would be worth it to have it done.

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    I think it would be worth the appraisal cost.

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    Here in VA you could get an appraisal for quite a bit less than $50. There are several different kinds of appraisals, too; for insurance purposes; for donating to a museum; just for information; to determine age/date/details, etc. It sounds like you are just interested in an evaluation for approx. age, right?

    There are several reasons this top likely does not have much value.
    Your top is incomplete.
    There is no "quilting" to evaluate.
    It may have been made in different periods, and by different people.
    It does not have specialized or intricate piecing in the body or borders.
    The workmanship may be 'okay' at best.
    It may have fabrics from different periods.
    You have no provenance about it.

    This is not to say it isn't a quilt top worth loving and saving! But, of financial value? Probably less than you would hope.

    If you are interested I can send the name/number of an AQS Certified Appraiser here in VA who could at least tell you how/where to go from here.

    Jan in VA

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    WOW!!! What a magnificent find! $1 :shock: Lucky YOU :D:D:D

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    A local lady here has written a book on dating fabric. try looking her up on the internet. Eileen Trestain.

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    Tho the fabric is possibly dating back that far, looking at the cuts, I don't think they were that precise when they did their cutting!! I could be wrong, but looks like someone definitely had some good rulers to cut that with!!

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    Jo Morten will know. Contact her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    WOW!!! What a magnificent find! $1 :shock: Lucky YOU :D:D:D
    Ditto. I hope you find out more about it. Maybe the people that you got it from at the yard sale can tell you more about it.
    Its really neat. :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by twistedsheets
    Tho the fabric is possibly dating back that far, looking at the cuts, I don't think they were that precise when they did their cutting!! I could be wrong, but looks like someone definitely had some good rulers to cut that with!!
    I love all the things you guys think up...
    I didn't think to look at how it was cut; but I just did and it's hand cut not rotary cut. All these things are a piece of the puzzle.
    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Murphy
    Jo Morten will know. Contact her.
    I don't know who this person is.

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    Check with your local library for books on old quilts. Also ask at local museums about their old quilts. Let us know what you discover please. :)

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