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Antiques and Collectibles: Quilts -How do you determine age & value?

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Claremore, OK

February 22, 2011
10:36 PM

Post #8387633

I've been cleaning out my mom's house. I know we have several quilts that were made by my great grandmother; however, I was hoping someone could give me some pointers on determining age and value. Are the measurements a clue to age?

I came across this one with no note attached. Can any of you tell if it's old? What the pattern is called? I can post more photos if I know what to take a picture of.

Thanks for your help.

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Clarksville, TN
(Zone 7a)

February 25, 2011
7:09 AM

Post #8391790

Yes, age can sometimes be determined by the size of the quilt. You don't find antique ones that are king-size, for example. Also the absence of machine stitching can be an indicator of age as well as the type of fabrics used in the quilt.

The market often determines the value. I would take it to someone in your area who has a reputable antique store or to someone who is heavily involved in quilt-making and let them take a look at it. You can compare prices to other quilts in antique shops. Age and condition are two big determining factors in the value of any quilt.

I am not a quilter and don't know that pattern but it is quite nice looking. Someone will probably know, especially if you can find a quilter in your area. They are usually familiar with a lot of the standard patterns. Perhaps someone will come along here who is a quilter and will know the name of that pattern. It is always good to know that.

Claremore, OK

February 25, 2011
7:14 PM

Post #8393101


I think I'll try posting this in the sewing area.
SF Bay Area, CA
(Zone 9b)

February 25, 2011
10:50 PM

Post #8393304

Here's a list of quilters' guilds in Oklahoma. There's actually one in your town! They should be able to help you out.

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