1896 Civil War Memorial Quilt
Betty, when you brought this quilt in today, I thought to myself, "I've seen a lot of crazy quilts and a lot of regular woven quilts." When you started to take this out of the bag, I realized what a great impact it had with all the stars and all the names from the Civil War, and then you pointed out this one over here. Would you like to tell me who he is?
That's my great-grandfather.
And his name is...?
Robert Weaver, Illinois Volunteer Infantry, Company D.
This has always been in your family, then?
Well, it seems that what the... A group of women have gotten together and done this in 1896 as a commemorative, or I'll say a memorial, quilt. And you and I have been discussing it, and there's a possibility that they know all these people and their different regiments that we're seeing throughout this quilt that they've very carefully worked out the names in embroidery, and then the women have done a beautiful job of quilting it. And you just told me you've never seen it hanging, have you?
No, I haven't.
It's very impressive, isn't it?
Yes, it is.
It hasn't faded and it's in wonderful condition. And then down at the bottom, the women have actually said "Made by U.B. Ladies Aid, Maize, Kansas" so it is local, and it's dated 1896. I would think conservatively, at auction, it would be valued between $6,000 and $10,000.
Oh, my goodness. (chuckles)
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