Antique quilt dating guide


Are you a fabric collector, quilt collector, appraiser, or antiques collector who needs to know specifics about fabrics or quilts? It will help you identify, date, and recognize antique fabrics and their uses in quilts and clothing.Over 1,000 color fabric swatches are listed in this handy, easy-to-use reference guide.It showed wear on many of the tiny pieces in the postage stamp variation.It still is a beauty from a distance, but I would not have paid as much as I did for a 1940s worn quilt.



For example, the Star of Bethlehem, an early 19th century quilt pattern is also called Lone Star, a term which came later in the century and is believed to have started in Texas, the Lone Star state.They told me that the blocks are large, too large for a child’s version, and the binding was another clue.The early 20th century quilt was actually 1940s, That’s mid in my book.The closeness of the parallel lines in the striped border is a weak clue to the 19th century too.

20th-century quilters tended to use wider spaces between their lines.

In my book Fringe is another early edge treatment and one that correlates well with a specific period of time. The blue print with the white floral sprig could be an indigo print, a dye used over such a long time period that it offers no clues. It may be colored with the Prussian blue dye process developed about 1815. Prussian When we are dating old quilts we use comparative dating, that is we compare the fabric in question to similar fabrics we have seen before.