Dating old quilts
Never launder silks, wool, velvet or hand-painted quilts. You can store your quilt in an acid-free box, wrap it in a piece of washed, unbleached muslin or fold it in a pillowcase. If you want to store it in a wooden drawer, first paint the inside with polyurethane varnish and after it’s dried, line the drawer with acid-free paper, cotton sheets or muslin.Refold the quilts a few times a year to avoid permanent creases.
The earliest antique quilts available for sale at Rocky Mountain Quilts are from the last quarter of the 18th century.AQS Certified Quilt Appraiser, Jennifer Perkins, will lead you through the need for a quilt appraisal, what that involves, the various kinds of appraisals and the uses for each one.The guild can combine the 25 minute lecture with a trunk show of my quilts, or can bring their own antique quilts for dating and comments.They’ve been keeping Americans warm for centuries, and you likely have at least one or two in your own home.Whether they’re prize-winning showpieces or well-loved comforters, quilts serve as records of our lives—and those of our ancestors.The lecture can be combined with a trunk show for guilds within driving distance, or those willing to pay the shipping for two large suitcases of quilts.
Quilt Appraisals: What are they and why should I have one?
Made in Sicily, and as one of the earliest surviving quilts in the world, at least two sections survive at the V&A Museum (London) and in Bargello palace (Florence).
Another of the Tristan and Isolde story is held in a private collection. It is a quilted linen carpet found in a Mongolian cave, and now kept at the Saint Petersburg department of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Archaeology Section.
In Europe quilting appears to have been introduced by Crusaders in the 12th century (Colby 1971), in particular in the form of the aketon or gambeson, a quilted garment worn under armour which later developed into the doublet.
One of the earliest existing decorative works is the Tristan quilt, made around 1360.
Want to learn what to do with old quilt tops and blocks?