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Vintage Quilts Collecting, Dating, Preserving and Appraising Hardcover – July, 2002
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Cons: basically, this book needs to be titled just "Vintage Quilts". The "Collecting, Dating, and Preserving" material is limited to just 4 pages at the beg. of the book. The rest of the volume is a "Value Guide", with a short description under each quilt photo, a notation as to "excellent condition", "fair condition" etc, and a dollar value estimate. The problem here is that nowhere in the book do they state their definition of what they consider to be good, excellent, etc. There's no excuse for this--both Aug and Newman are listed as judges in the book bios--defining their terms should have been covered in the opening pages. Without that, it makes their appraisals pretty much useless to the reader. (The photos are not large enough to show the quilt's condition.)
The other thing I thought was odd is that they don't compare individual quilts. I.e. show us two twin-size Bowtie quilts and explain [what they're worth.] In other words, show us how to appraise and value individual quilts. Which IS the whole point of the book, according to the title anyway. (Dang it, now I'm annoyed all over again!)
Needless to say, I'm returning my copy.
There are lovely photographs of more than 100 quilts and if you want to browse through a lovely collection, this is a nice book, though there are better for this as well. If you are looking for information on valuing your own quilts, this book will get you no closer.
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This book has a lot to offer as far as historic information. It adds some more information to a library of similar books.Published on July 22, 2013 by Ruth Milam
This book is great for identifying and dating the quilts that I buy and preserving quilts, wonderful referance book for me to use.Published on June 7, 2013 by Pen-tPence
This book has joined my growing collection of quilt history books. Every page has coloured photographs of quilts or blocks. Read morePublished on August 1, 2008 by J. Diwell