Of course there is always a disclaimer with any antique viewed on-line, but things can be overlooked in an antique shop as well.
The style of a quilt is the first thing I see when I view a quilt, whether online, in an antique shop or booth, on exhibit or in an auction.
A quilt’s fabric is hard to date from a distance, but the style jumps right out and gets the dating process under way quickly.
The first time I went to an all antique quilt auction was in Southern California.
One of those large Mid-western quilt dealer auction houses was holding an auction at a nearby hotel and I was very excited to go.
I left deflated and determined I wouldn’t get taken again. Dating quilts with accuracy includes examination of many parts of the quilts, but the process starts with one aspect and goes from there.
For me, the style is usually the first place I start.Grandmother’s Flower Garden is made with the same pattern as the late 1700s and early 1800s quilt style called Mosaic or Honeycomb.A similar style is referred to as a One-Patch Hexagon and if each fabric piece is made from a different fabric, it would be a Charm Quilt. Grandmother’s Flower Garden is the 20th century name; hexagons are arranged with certain colors forming particular designs, and for the 18 & 19th century mosaic style, the colors and designs the hexagons form are usually different, more varied, but not always!The name difference is regional, but both depict the same pattern and style and the names are used interchangeably today. The way it is made changes, but the finished look of one large star made from rows of diamond shaped pieces covering the quilt top is the same through time.It is the manner of style in which the border and the corners are treated, and the fabrics being prints or solid colors that help determine if it’s age is early or later, regardless of what they call it.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.