Every week, we receive notes from folks all around the country who find themselves in possession of antique Bates bedspreads. Whether they receive them as a family heirloom or stumble upon them at an estate sale, there is nothing like finding a beautiful antique textile and then researching its origin. Below, we explore PBS's Antiques Roadshow archive to go beyond Bates and share our 4 favorite antique textile finds on the show.

Source: Antiques Roadshow

1. American Album Quilt, ca. 1863

Our first antique textile is a beautifully made quilt that was originally hand stitched in New Jersey back in 1863. The owner received the quilt as a family heirloom - amazing to think that's its passed through so many generations in its over 150 year existence. From a time where we often remember in black and white, we love to see the vivid colors that are very representative of the period that the quilt was made. Valued $6000 - $8000.

Source: Antiques Roadshow

2. Slave Quilt, ca. 1830

This Slave Quilt is another hand-stitched piece from a darker side of American history. Produced by an African-American slave in the South in the early 19th century, the quilt is a stunning example of a piece that strongly represents the culture of the makers native country in both color and motif. Interestingly, this particular quilt has incredible documentation that links it back to the estate of President Polk which raises its value even more. Valued $40,000 - $60,000.

Source: Antiques Roadshow

3. Navajo Ute First Phase Blanket, ca. 1850

Our next antique textile is an incredible piece from Native American history that had been passed down to the owner through his family. A gift from Kit Carson to a family member, one would simply think that provenance would make this blanket a national treasure, however, the story doesn't end there. This Navajo blanket is incredibly important historically as well as artistically. It comes from the very beginning of Navajo weaving and was made for a Ute Chief in the mid-19th century. In addition, it is made of incredibly fine wool and the finest dyes used at the time of its creation. Adding to its artistic value, it also has some repairs dated to the late 19th century that is representative of the great skills of the Navajo weavers. Valued $750,000 - $1,000,000.

Source: Antiques Roadshow

4. Jacquard Coverlet, ca. 1850

This Jacquard Coverlet is beautiful example of the intricate weaving that was made possible by the invention of Jacquard looms. It is truly a beautiful piece passed down through generations. This particular coverlet stood out to us as it clearly inspired our own designers as they imagined the classic Bates design, Tuscany. Valued $800 - $1200.

Source: Maine Heritage Weavers 

We love learning about antique textiles from our customers and on shows like Antiques Roadshow. Share your own stories and favorite finds in the comments. 

February 16, 2017 — Administrative Account


Susan Shew said:

I have a registration for 2 twin George Washington’s Choice chenille bedspreads. Dated August 3, 1954 BATES FABRICS, INC.,80 Worth Street, New York NY.

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