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My 1880s Silk Quilt

Over the past 40 years, I collected vintage quilts. Most of these were found at antique markets in Maryland and Pennsylvania. I haven’t added to the collection since moving to Florida.

A few months ago, I took one quilt to the Davenport Quilt show for appraisal. I opted for the quickie appraisal, not wishing to spend the $40 for the written one that would have included an estimate of value for the quilt.

The quilt appraisor with my 1880s or 1890s silk quilt.

The quilt appraisor with my 1880s or 1890s silk quilt.

Here’s what I learned about it. The pattern is a star block. It appears to have been made from a grey silk dress as there are tucks in some of the pieces. Due to the iron content used in dyes for silk, those pieces are likely to suffer some disintegration over the years. A few small pieces show this with the silk shredding. The appraiser said there is nothing that can be done to prevent this since the harm was done at the time the fabric was made.

The red parts are not silk, but linen. The backing is a paisley that looks to be of 1880s vintage.

The batting is very thin and it is probable that this was never intended for use on a bed for warmth. More likely it was for show or for a lap robe.

Rather than being quilted, it is a tied quilt with red and green ribbons. The green ones have faded to a yellow over the last 130 years, but in a few places the original color could be detected. With the red and green ribbons plus the poinsettia look of the stars, this might be a Christmas quilt.

 

 

 
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Posted by on February 18, 2015 in antiques

 

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Don’t Call Me a Spammer

I’m regularly receiving email messages from Hubpages with the gentle caution that one of my pages (called a hub there) might be spammy. I try not to feel insulted. I’m sure the site intends the note to be instructive and to steer me in the right direction as they see it.

Unfortunately, many of the pages that are causing them to turn up their nose are ones that were quite successful on Squidoo. In the past, these received a lot of traffic and yes, quite a few buyers for the Amazon products I featured.

Naturally I’m reluctant to gut a hub by removing all the links to informative pages and to useful products. Hubpages tucks the offensive pages out of sight by making them unfeatured. There they languish until I follow through on their suggestions or remove them to another site where I have more control.

Here’s part of the wording, “It’s possible that your Hub is not Featured because it contains spammy elements. Perhaps it was written for a link, or has too many unrelated or distracting products capsules. Even Hubs that appear to be high quality can be spammy. We recommend that you remove any spammy elements from your Hub.”

I admit that I have a number of hubs on topics relating to my mother’s book. Of course, when someone comes to read about feedsack dresses or having a pet badger, I naturally want to tell them they will find more about that in My Flint Hills Childhood by Gail Lee Martin.

Oops, I just spammed you, at least that’s what Hubpages considers as spam. To me, it’s a huge part of the Internet, providing easy links for readers to find more about a topic.

 
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Posted by on February 3, 2015 in Hubpages

 

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