Dating antique coverlets

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I do this on the spot during a quilt lecture using the audience’s quilts which I don’t see fully open until they are opened on stage.

On the internet, I refer to scans of full shots of the front and back and close-ups of the binding, fabrics, and quilting.

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.

My training to become a psychologist taught me the value of deductive reasoning using the decision (diagnostic) tree.

As I go through the various aspects of the quilt, I weigh each characteristic against the era the style suggests from the start and in this way quickly determine the most likely circa date in which the quilt was made.

Of course there is always a disclaimer with any antique viewed on-line, but things can be overlooked in an antique shop as well.

Good questions are asked of the owner to possibly help settle questions the quilt’s clues ask.

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Patterns describe an individual block in a quilt, like Sunbonnet Sue, fan, log cabin, Rose of Sharon, 9-patch, Whig’s Defeat, Pot and Flowers, hole in the barn door, bowtie, and so on.A woven coverlet or coverlid is a type of bed covering with a woven design in colored wool yarn on a background of natural linen or cotton.Coverlets were woven in almost every community in the United States from the colonial era until the late 19th century.Like double weave, it is dark on one side and light on the other but there is only one layer of cloth, therefore it is much lighter in mass and thickness.Following the introduction of the jacquard loom in the early 1820s, machine-woven coverlets in large-scale floral designs became popular.

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