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A family friend is organizing an estate auction and asked my opinion on the value of some quilts.  I know it is difficult to do from a distance, but anyone have a rough ballpark guess as to what she should expect.  

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Comment by Gwen on Tuesday

Ohhh, I like the first on (all of them, actually).  I have bought them at the local antique shop for $200. 

I would love the peach flowered baskets!

Comment by Sandy Larkey on July 31, 2020 at 4:20pm

P.S. I would not let them go for an auction, without setting a reserve on them of at least $200.  My Nelson quilt group recently put one up for silent auction and drew a final bid of $400.  On the other hand, a vintage "State Flowers" (48 of them) quilt I donated to my local fire department for their silent auction only $drew a final bid of $75. 

Comment by Sandy Larkey on July 31, 2020 at 4:17pm

I don't know but one name offhand, but there are accredited quilt appraisers available, in fact a society of accredited appraisers.  Check out the AQS (American Quilt Society) website for an appraiser near you.  I had one of my heirloom quilts appraised by Nancy Kirk of Omaha, NE. at the Stuhr Museum in Grand Island several years ago.  She was knowledgeable and, I believe, gave an honest opinion, pointing out the good and bad points of the quilt.  I could get $2,500 for the quilt, especially if I sent it to either of the coasts, since quilts are common enough in the mid-U.S. that nearly everybody has one. 

Comment by Barb/WI on July 1, 2020 at 6:52pm

Wow, beautiful! 

Comment by handstitcher/IL on June 26, 2020 at 6:49pm

Lovely, lovely quilts! I can’t help, but maybe a local quilt guild has some members with expertise? 

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on June 26, 2020 at 1:28pm

Carol, I hope you can find someone more knowledgeable than me to help give you a good estimated appraisal value.  Of course, in my opinion, they are all valuable!  Some lovely pieces of work.  

Comment by Carol Vickers/OH on June 26, 2020 at 11:48am

All hand quilted

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