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SubjectDate Asked
antique quilts10/21/2013
  Q: I received 4 quilts this past weekend from my mother-in-law. She told me they were hand-made ...
  A: You have a "Star of Bethlehem" or "Lone Star" and a "Pineapple Log Cabin" sometimes called a ...
coverlet7/21/2013
  Q: I found this woven coverlet. I would like to know when this pink color was used and what the pattern ...
  A: This is called an "Overshot Coverlet" Most of these were made starting in the 1830's and going ...
2 quilts, about Queen size3/7/2013
  Q: I have to quilts I inherited from my mother. Before she passed away, she told me that they were ...
  A: From your pictures all I can tell you is that they or at least the fabrics are from the 1920. I'd ...
flying geese quilt10/18/2012
  Q: I have an old quilt that is cotton (white) with pink flying geese pattern. It is hand quilted, but ...
  A: It's pretty hard to tell without actually having the quilt to examine but the vast majority of ...
antique lap robe9/9/2012
  Q: I was wondering if you can give me a value or point me in the right direction of what this antique ...
  A: Your "Lap Robe" is from the late 19th Century or early 20th Century and commemorates the Richard P ...
antique quilt8/15/2012
  Q: I have a quilt that belonged to my great grandmother. It's 76"x 76" white with red stars. Anything ...
  A: Your quilt looks to have been made in the late to early 20ty Century. I'm not entirely sure of the ...
quilt7/16/2012
  Q: Picture of 2 quilts with damage. Please advise. Can they be repaired? do they have any value as ...
  A: Yes your quilts can be repaired. After good repairs, your quilts, at least the top one may be worth ...
2 crazy quilts 1890 and ?5/7/2012
  Q: We have in our possession two crazy quilts. One is in very good condition with little damage and ...
  A: I'm going to recommend you go to http://quilthistory.com/. On the left of the site you'll see a ...
antique quilt from Pa.2/4/2012
  Q: This quilt has been in our family. I know it's from Penna. It's hand quilted and stuffed with, what ...
  A: I was hoping for a picture of the whole quilt. From what I can see in your picture, it appears to ...
antique quilt1/31/2012
  Q: I recently acquired a very old quilt -- "crazy quilt like" -- and would appreciate any information ...
  A: Dorothy; What you have is NOT a quilt but a "Table Rug" or matt. Yes, it was made to lie on a ...
cleaning quilt12/16/2011
  Q: I have a quilt, Im informed is called a wedding ring quilt, Im not sure how to identify the time ...
  A: Alan, Without seeing your quilt and it's stains, I can't really offer any cleaning suggestions nor ...
Baby Quilt9/14/2011
  Q: I have a baby quilt that came with an old doll (from the 1920s) I purchased in the 1960s. The size ...
  A: Joan, Thanks for the picture. Your quilt or at least the top, is from the 1920 but I'm afraid your ...
American Quilt9/1/2011
  Q: I acquired this quilt in about 1986 in an antique mall in Mishawaka, Indiana. It had a paper tag ...
  A: Your quilt is from the 1930's. The printed fabrics are know as Depression Era Prints and the ...
antique coverlets2/28/2011
  Q: I have been handed down by my husbands grandmother who passed away in the 70's and at that time she ...
  A: You have what is known as an "overshot coverlet". These were made in the early 19th century by ...
late 1880's quilt12/31/2010
  Q: I have a quilt that has been in the family for atleast 3 generations, in the Ohio area of cincy, and ...
  A: David, Your quilt is a variation of a Lone Star or Star of Bethelem. I actually don't remember ...
quilt12/2/2010
  Q: I am almost 60 years old. I have a quilt that was made by my paternal grandmother and her mother ...
  A: Anita, Yes, it would be considered "old". The best way to preserve your quilts is to keep theem ...
very bad mildew smell in quilts11/5/2010
  Q: My mother has alzheimers and I am in the process of sorting through her house. I found several ...
  A: Nina, First of all, you should never dry clean an antique quilt. Next, you should never store ...
Antique quilt cleaning5/25/2010
  Q: I ingerited an quilt from my mother who just died at 91. The quilt is not in good condition but I ...
  A: Yes, a new backing can be applied to an existing quilt and can be quilted or "tied". I would ...
1830 coverlet3/13/2010
  Q: we have a coverlet that has been in our family since 1830. i have searched several places and cannot ...
  A: I recently received a note from The National Museum of the American Coverlet at 322 S. Juliana St., ...
Kauba vase3/6/2010
  Q: We have an old bronze vase with a marble base. The artist is Kauba and the number on it is 4472. I ...
  A: Pam, Here is what I was able to find and you may already know this. I would contact the dealers ...
lancaster crib quilt2/4/2010
  Q: First let me say thank you so much for answering my question so expediently! I only have one more ...
  A: Heather; My personal feeling is that you should not spend the money especially as an investment. ...
Early 1900's 3'3" x 3'3" Diamond in Square Lancaster Quilit2/4/2010
  Q: This is a very nice small antique Amish quilt from Lancaster, PA made of wool in fair condition. The ...
  A: Heather; Have you been shopping on Ebay????? Although Lancaster Co. Amish Crib Quilts are fairly ...
Gabriel Rauser Coverlet2/2/2010
  Q: Do you know anything about Gabriel Rauser (Rausher after 1943) We have a coverlet that has been in ...
  A: I don't really know anything about Gabriel Rauser and his/her weavings. I would suggest you check ...
green and white quilt1/28/2010
  Q: This is a quilt that my great-grandmother had. She resided in Mooresville, NC. The backing fabric ...
  A: Your quilt is a variation of the "Sunflower" The only way I can date your quilt is from the green ...
Graf Coverlet1/28/2010
  Q: I am a descendent of Edward Graf, a turn of the century weaver from Gasline, Ontario. My ...
  A: My best suggestion would be to check with Canadian Auction Houses the handle this type of material. ...
9 Pointed Star Quilt1/26/2010
  Q: Greetings, I found this quilt in an old home in Colorado. I haven't been able to find any other 9 ...
  A: I can't remember seeing a Nine Pointed Star in the past. It is a bit unusual. It appears to be in ...
Antique quilt1/25/2010
  Q: Can you give me an idea of what I have in this quilt? I think it is called Boston Commons and is ...
  A: Yes, Ebay quilts don't bring a lot of money unless they are very good or rare. Generally the ...
applique quilt1/21/2010
  Q: I'm attaching a photo of a quilt my mom had. She said it was Amish. I don't know the ...
  A: Your quilt looks like it might ne contempory. Is it? It may have been a quilt made by an Amish ...
Antique Jacquard Coverlet1/19/2010
  Q: I inherited what I believe to be a jacquard coverlet dated 1847 with the name of the person for whom ...
  A: I'm sure your coverlet has value but very few coverlets bring $15000. Most are currently selling ...
crazy quilts12/21/2009
  Q: I have nine (1890s?) beautiful, colorful crazy quilt squares, in graduated states of completion, ...
  A: Your quilt blocks and quilt top are nice but certainly not "museum quality" The top is what some ...
Cleaning of gilt 1831 ornate mirror frame12/13/2009
  Q: My mirror, complete with eagle and dolphins, used to hang over a gas fire place for over a year. As ...
  A: I have had great success using GoJo hand cleaner on this type of problem. Get the regular kind ...
syracuse cabinet company12/8/2009
  Q: I recently recieved an old cedar chest that was my grandmothers. It was made by Syracuse Cabinet ...
  A: Matthew, I know nothing about this company and couldn't' find any info on it. You might want to ...
puckered quilt11/16/2009
  Q: I just purchased a beautiful wedding ring quilt. I think is was probably made in the 30's or 40's. ...
  A: Without seeing your quilt, it is difficult to answer your question. If it is just badly wrinkled ...
old amish quilt11/3/2009
  Q: Bought in Yelm WA in 1985 from a family that travels to Pa to buy from the Amish. I paid 900.00 for ...
  A: In short, NO. Not without seeing it or good pictures of it. However, it sounds like it isn't an ...
damage control10/25/2009
  Q: I was given a quilt unaware of the actual age of it. On the back side of the quilt was a large ...
  A: I COULDN'T BEGIN TO HELP YOU WITH OUT SEEING GOOD PICTURES OF WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT AS YOUR ...
how old is this quilt?10/17/2009
  Q: I got this quilt at an estate sale. The woman it belonged to was 100 yrs old. She grew up in Mobile, ...
  A: This isn't really a quilt as it is not quilted, but "tied" From the fabrics used in it, I's say it ...
Sheboygan Chairs Table ??9/17/2009
  Q: Recently we purchased some items from a estate sale. We have a few items that we are unsure about ...
  A: Gary, Your chair is from the 1920's but I'm not familiar with the company. I did a Google search ...
Cleaning Handmade Quilt8/20/2009
  Q: I was just wondering what the best way to clean this 100 year old quilt is. It was handmade by my ...
  A: Beckie, Let me start by telling you that your quilt is from the 1930's or 40's. I Determined this ...
sewing machine8/19/2009
  Q: on the upper part of the machine it says sew handy. on the base it says the standard sewing machine ...
  A: Frank and William Mack established the Standard Sewing Machine Company in 1884 in Cleveland, Ohio. ...
ardner coverlet6/8/2009
  Q: Darwin, I have an antique coverlet that has been in my family for years. The weavers ...
  A: I'm sure your coverlet has value but the Coverlet market is pretty soft right now. If it is in ...
pioneer quilt?6/7/2009
  Q: I have a very old antique quilt, it could possibly be one from the pioneer flour sack material, ...
  A: Tammy, I'd really have to see some good pictures of your quilt. The easiest way to sell it is ...
Close up of quilt front5/23/2009
  Q: Here is a pic of the back of the quilt. ...
  A: After looking at your close up pictures, I'd say that your quilt is from the 1860s but I can't tell ...
Antique Quilt5/18/2009
  Q: I just sent my question without the picture of my quilt! Sorry. I have attached the picture to ...
  A: Your quilt looks like it may be from the 1950's although the patches could be from the Depression ...
Liqour Cabinet5/17/2009
  Q: I have a cabinet that was passed on to me by my Grandmother. I want to know if it is worth anything. ...
  A: Miliece; Your cabinet is made in the EastLake style and dates from the 1870's 0r 80's. The style ...
Vintage Quilt - What era?5/11/2009
  Q: My parents received this quilt as a wedding gift in the early 1970s from my father's grandmother. It ...
  A: Your quilt appears to be from the 20's or at least the fabrics are. They may be "Feed Sack" ...
Antique Coverlet5/7/2009
  Q: I believe I have inherited a woolen coverlet woven in 1848. The date of 1848 is in a corner block ...
  A: I would say it has to be 1848 as this is about the end of the period when these were made. Yours is ...
Old quilt4/21/2009
  Q: I recently purchased an old quilt at a church fund raiser. It appears to be different that some I ...
  A: It is possible that the quilter placed a newer quilt top on an older quilt. This was a fairly ...
Flint & Horner Round table2/28/2009
  Q: I have a Flint & Horner round table measures approximately 27 1/2 inches round on top and stands ...
  A: Flint & Horner advertised that its business was founded in 1840. That was the year Henry Bruner ...
antique sword2/12/2009
  Q: i possess an antique sword that has pit marks and corrosion on it.i have tried to remove corrosion ...
  A: I'm not an expert on swords but I can tell you that the experts I have seen on The Road Show, always ...
Large quilt from early to mid 19th century2/11/2009
  Q: Mr. Bearley, I have a quilt that was made by my grandmother's grandmother. My grandmother was born ...
  A: Not quite sure what your question actually is but without seeing the quilt, it is impossible to tell ...
Wrought Iron antique sewing machine1/25/2009
  Q: I have an antique wrought iron sewing machine base -- its gathers dust and has a couple of small ...
  A: If you want it to look really nice. Take it to a sand blaster (look in phone book). Have it media ...
Hand made guilts from approx 1920's12/3/2008
  Q: I have several double bed size, handmade guilts, in very good condition, made from ladies, from the ...
  A: All quilts have value but the quilt market isn't what it was several years ago. As far as values, ...
Trapunto quilt9/13/2008
  Q: I have a all white trapunto quilt with a 12 inch crocheted edge. The crochet work needs some repair ...
  A: It is difficult to give you the info you requested without seeing your quilt first hand. Trapunto ...
vintage handmade quilts5/12/2008
  Q: I have a large number of vintage handsewn quilts that are what I think of as "under quilts". ...
  A: Beverly, I'm sure there is a market for them, especially if they are well crafted. However, ...
Antique Blanket5/5/2008
  Q: I realize your expertise is in quilts rather than wool blankets. Can you refer me to someone who ...
  A: Douglas, I understand wanting to restore an item the has sentimental value. You will need to find ...
Pennsylvania Amish Quilt5/2/2008
  Q: Please tell me if my 31 year old Wedding Ring ? style Amish Quilt is of value, and how I could sell ...
  A: The Wedding Ring pattern was not a traditional pattern made by the Lancaster County Amish. Yours, ...
1849 quilt made by DL>MYERS4/28/2008
  Q: MYERS BETHEL TOWNSHIP FOR MARY ARMSTRONG PLEASE HELP??THANKS FOR YOUR TIME<Diane Kane ...
  A: I cannot give a value based on your information. If you'd like to email me a few pictures, I'll try ...
Cleaning & Possibly dating a quilt8/20/2006
  Q: I have a quilt from my deceased Grandmother & want to clean it. It looks clean but has that "old ...
  A: Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. Here are a few Internet addresses where you might find ...
Cleaning vintage satin quilt8/10/2006
  Q: I hope you can advise me as I don't have any idea about quilts. I have recently purchased a ...
  A: Lindsey, I'm not really sure about cleaning satin. I have washed down comforters in my machine but ...
American Flag Quilt7/21/2006
  Q: Mr. Darwin D. Bearley, I found your name while trying to research an American flag quilt/wall ...
  A: I received your email with the pictures of your quilt. After looking very carefully at your quilt, ...
antique quilt6/2/2006
  Q: I have an antique quilt that I purchased in Texas. It appears to be hand stitched and has a pattern ...
  A: I can't give you any idea what to value the quilt without seeing it of seeing very good pictures. ...
1918 quilt5/24/2006
  Q: I purchased an old handmade quilt from a yard sale last year. It is made of different cotton brown ...
  A: Terri, I'm sure your quilt has value but without seeing it, I am unable to give you a value range. ...
Antique Quilt4/18/2006
  Q: I have an antique quilt that is 48" x 60" plus a 5" wide hand tatted border (no seams) that I am ...
  A: Christi, I do not have a free appraisal service. However, you can go to Ebay.com and do a ...
I have a quilt top made by...3/2/2006
  Q: I have a quilt top made by my great grandmother. It is probably double bed size. I don't believe ...
  A: All hand made quilts and quilt tops have value. The value of such an item depends and many things. ...
1930's Quilt Top2/20/2006
  Q: I acquired this quilt top when my grandmother passed. Her grandmother made the top in the 1930's - ...
  A: Jackie There are two schools of thought on the subject of quilting old tops. Some say it's OK ...
Antique Quilt Circa 19082/6/2006
  Q: I have in my possession five quilts that were all made by my maternal grandmother who was a fine ...
  A: You can send me pictures but send them to ddbstuff@aol.com. I'll tell you what I can. As for ...
1841 breadspread1/24/2006
  Q: I have a breadspread dating back to 1841 excelent condition made by S. Houseman from trexlertown,Pa. ...
  A: Liz, Sounds like you have a Jacquard Coverlet. Is it made in 2 section and sewn down the middle? If ...
quilts1/15/2006
  Q: I had quilts made by my great grandmother and her mother. I am 67 yrs old and some of them were ...
  A: Sorry to hear about your loss. Unfortunately, it is impossible for me to give you any kind of value ...
Antique Quilts1/10/2006
  Q: I have about a half dozen Mennonite, Virginian and others pre 1900 quilts. I bought them from ...
  A: Alice Graf sold quilts for many years but has sold her business. It still goes by the same name. ...
Any value to quilt tops?12/28/2005
  Q: I have one or two quilt tops -- uncompleted quilts that I rescued from the trash in the early 70's ...
  A: EJ, Yes, quilt tops do have value. Some people buy them and finish them as quilts. Others simply ...
quilt cleaning11/30/2005
  Q: I was wondering if there is a way to get those dark stains out of quilts (I'm not sure what they ...
  A: I wouldn't be able to give you any ideas without really seeing the stains. I wouldn't want to ...
worth selling11/23/2005
  Q: ihave a quilt that was used as a rug in the 1850s. it is from michigan. would it have any value ...
  A: Could you write again and give me more of a description of your “quilt” or perhaps send me pictures? ...
grandmas quilts11/21/2005
  Q: I have several quilts that my grandma made my mom kept them in her ceder chest, if I can send you ...
  A: You can send me pictures and I will try to give you some idea of value. However, wothout actually ...
quilts11/1/2005
  Q: I bought a quilt at a auction and it has the name of a mill on the back of it. The mill is named ...
  A: Sean, I would need to see the quilt in order to date it. Dating a quilt depends on the fabrics on ...
Silk Tie Quilt10/24/2005
  Q: I have a silk tie quilt in excellent shape circa 1935, queen size. My two questions are: 1) How ...
  A: I don't appraisals here as I really need to see the quilt in order to determine a value. As far as ...
selling quilts10/24/2005
  Q: last year I had two of my quilts appraised for insurance purposes. I know want to sell them what is ...
  A: That's a tough question to answer. I've been in the business for 30 years and I'm still asking that ...
old quilt9/28/2005
  Q: I am trying to identify the old quilt that belonged to my great-grandmother. It is not quilted in ...
  A: Judy, If it is tied, it really isn't considered a quilt. It would most likly be a comforter. Tying ...
Antique blanket9/7/2005
  Q: Do you know the proper way to store a blanket that is in perfect condition from the late 1800's to ...
  A: Regardless of the makeup of the blanket, the best way to store it is to wrap it in acid free paper ...
How can I clean an antique...9/7/2005
  Q: How can I clean an antique red and white quilt without it fading and running?
  A: The best way to clean a quilt if it is in good condition is to wash it. However, it must be in ...
quilt8/17/2005
  Q: We had a fire and are trying to value a quilt which was made by my great grandmother about 1880. It ...
  A: Shaun: Sorry to hear about your fire but I would really need to see the quilt or at the very least, ...
Hanging a Quilt8/11/2005
  Q: I have inherited a hand made quilt in perfect condition, about sixty years old. I would like to ...
  A: Here are several quilt hanging methods that work fine. Much depends on where you are hanging the ...
Antique Quilts7/14/2005
  Q: My husband's mother gave him several quilts when his father pasted away two years ago. The quilts ...
  A: Having your quilts appraised is a very good idea. In the meantime, take them out of the plastic bag ...
Quilt tops7/4/2005
  Q: I don't know for sure what qualifies as "antique", but I am 52 years old and have several quilt tops ...
  A: You should have your quilt tops appraised before selling. Some are worth quite a bit. I suggest ...
swastika quilt6/12/2005
  Q: I have a quilt that has pink swastikas on a white background-was this a well known pattern or not? I ...
  A: Even though a swastika quilt pattern is has many different names, to 99% of people it is still a ...
quilt6/10/2005
  Q: I was given a quilt today that has a date sewn in of 1938. The quilt is in a trip around the world ...
  A: Check these sites to find a qualified quilt appraiser: http://www.quilthistory.com./quilt.htm ...
old quilt6/8/2005
  Q: I purchased a handmade quilt several years ago with scalloped edges from a thrift shop. How can I ...
  A: Carol, If I was you, I'd have it appraised first so that you will be armed when you approach a ...
Quilts5/31/2005
  Q: My neighbor left me about 6 quilts that her mother and grandmother had made. A few have dates on ...
  A: Sure, your quilts are definitely worth something and should be properly cared for. I'd suggest ...
Is my quilt an antique?5/24/2005
  Q: I have inherited a queen-sized quilt from my mother in law. It has been on the attic for at least ...
  A: It sounds to me as if it was probably made in the 40's. There were lots of patriotic and flag ...
quilt made in 1897-19075/18/2005
  Q: I have a pathwork quilt which was made by my great great grandmother from 1897-1907. It is hung on a ...
  A: Betsey; I'd find a good appraiser in your area. Try to find one that specializes in quilts and ...
Quilts5/3/2005
  Q: I have inherited some quilts from my Aunt who just passed away. I am sure that some of the quilts ...
  A: Unfortunately, It is impossible to evaluate a quilt without actually seeing it. Quilt values are ...
Quilt Value4/30/2005
  Q: I have a quilt that I believe is about 100 years old. it is the Sun bonnet girl pattern hand made. ...
  A: Suzanne, "Sunbonnets Sues" were popular in the 1930s. Their value, like with all quilts depends on ...
I have an old quil- valuable and repairable?4/20/2005
  Q: I have a an antique quilt from my great aunt's house. It is white background with blue and white ...
  A: Sounds to me like you are loving your Aunt's quilt to death. I can't tell how old it is without ...
I have quilts approximately...4/16/2005
  Q: I have quilts approximately 80 years old. Some are faded but still in good shape. Also have hand ...
  A: It would be impossible to determine value of your quilts and blankets without actually seeing them. ...
native american quilt3/31/2005
  Q: native american made, quilt. Oto tribe, ok. names of all who worked on, sewn on. done about 1930's. ...
  A: I can't offer a value without seeing it. I would not clean it if you aren't familiar with cleaning ...
Quilting pieces from the 40's3/22/2005
  Q: My mother gave me a bunch of quilt pieces that my grandmother put together before her sudden death ...
  A: Here are three sources for vintage fabrics. You can also search Ebay ...
Quilt Value3/14/2005
  Q: my mother has a homemade quilt that is at least 100 years old and in very good condition . She was ...
  A: I'd suggest checking to see if you have a quilt appraiser in your area. Check your local library to ...
Antique Coverlet3/8/2005
  Q: We have been told to insure the coverlet for $500.00, but we are very interested in selling it. What ...
  A: I'd really have to see it before I could give you any idea as to its value. Sounds like you already ...
identifying your quilt3/2/2005
  Q: Where do I start in researching the value of my quilt?
  A: The quickest and easiest way to determine the value of you quilt and to learn a lot more, is to find ...
name of quilt2/22/2005
  Q: I have an antique lap quilt that was given to me by a great aunt.It is the size of a baby blanket ...
  A: Claudia, I really haven't heard of a particular name or category for this type of quilt other than ...
repairing a quilt9/9/2004
  Q: A friend has asked me to do some repairs on an old family quilt. It's in pretty good shape but ...
  A: Kathy, I don't do repairs so I'd suggest you consult a quilt restorer. Here are a couple of web ...
Antique Quilt9/7/2004
  Q: I have received a quilt from my husbands Great Great Grandmother. It is a crazy quilt made of mainly ...
  A: Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. I live in Akron and would be more than happy to look at ...
quilt8/23/2004
  Q: I HAVE BEEN TO SEVERAL AUCTIONS AND FOUND THAT WHEN A QUILT THAT HAD BEEN MADE BY THE AMISH COMES UP ...
  A: Yes, true OLD Amish quilts do have real value. They are highly sought after by collectors. ...
old quilts8/22/2004
  Q: My great grandmother handmade some quilts and they were not taken care of very well. I was ...
  A: It is very difficult to suggest cleaning methods for old quilts without really seeing them. ...
quilts8/13/2004
  Q: My Great Grandmother loved to make quilts. I have a few that are in sad shape after much use. I was ...
  A: Most quilt collectors want quilts that are in relatively good condition. However, some collectors ...
Quilt5/18/2004
  Q: I have a quilt (I was told) from the 40's and Ohio, how do I find out how much it is worth and how ...
  A: You could find a quilt appraiser in your area and have them appraise your quilt. If you want help, ...
wedding quilt4/27/2004
  Q: I have had a quilt that was from my grandmother...blue and white...stitched togeather (two ...
  A: Pam, What you have is not a quilt but a Jacquard Coverlet. These are woven in two narrow pieces and ...
trunk full of old quilt tops4/26/2004
  Q: My husband was given a cedar trunk that was full of quilt tops estimated to have been done in the ...
  A: There are a lot of collectors of quilt tops. Some finish them and many don't. Some believe they ...
S.Car. albumn quilt4/19/2004
  Q: Sir....I have an albumn quilt from Donaldsville(Donalds), S. Car. that has many signatures in india ...
  A: Sounds like a "Signature" Quilt. These were usually made by a church or other group as a fund ...
cleaning a quilt4/12/2004
  Q: I received an old quilt, all handstitched, from my mother, who assured me that it was old. It's ...
  A: I wash a lot of my quilts in my machine. I use warm water and fill the machine for a large wash. I ...
Cleaning an antique quilt3/18/2004
  Q: I own an old quilt that is dated 1906. It really needs to be cleaned but I have no idea how to do it ...
  A: Tammy, These kinds of quilts with silks are almost impossible to clean. In fact, I don't even have ...
drunkard's path quilt2/11/2004
  Q: Darwin: I am interested in possibly buying an antique quilt I saw at an antique store. It is a ...
  A: To be honest, I'm not sure when the Drunkard's Path was started but from my experience, 1860 does ...

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I am considered by many to be an expert on AMERICAN ANTIQUE QUILTS. My real expertise lies with ANTIQUE OHIO AMISH QUILTS. In 2006 the book, "ANTIQUE OHIO AMISH QUILTS, THE DARWIN D. BEARLEY COLLECTION" was published by Bernina Sewing Machine Co. of Zurich Switzerland. I can help with all aspects of identification, dating, repair and cleaning. I also buy, and broker antique quilts.

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Over the past 30 odd years, I have bought and sold Antique Quilts for a living. I also have a personal collection of Antique Ohio Amish Quilts. I have sold to the Smithsonian, the LA County Museum of Art, the movie "What Lies Beneath" starring Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer and to Catherine Denuuve. My Antique Ohio Amish Quilt Collection has been exhibited at The Museum of Our American Heritage, The Akron Art Institute, The Canton Art Museum, Wright State University and The Quilt National in Cincinnati, Ohio. They have also been exhibited in Germany and France and recently at the Quilt Expo in Houston, Texas. Many of the quilts have been published in various books, magazines and calendars. One was even pictured in National Geographic Magazine. Recently a book on my collection was published by Bernina Sewing Machine Co. of Zurich entitled, "Antique Ohio Amish Quilts, The Darwin D. Bearley Collection"

Publications
Antique Ohio Amish Quilts, the Darwin D. Bearley

Education/Credentials
BFA FROM OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY. MFA FROM UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY

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