James D. Julia, Inc.

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Patriotic Quilt from Portland, Maine Designed and Intended for Abraham Lincoln.

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Rare and Important Captain Hosea C. Wyman Civil War Baltimore Album Quilt. Sold For $13,800

Condition Report
by Mark Ford, CEO

At Julia's, we strive to be fair and honest in all our dealings - both with our consignors and our bidders. We work to ensure that every bidder has as much information as possible to make their decisions; from high quality photography, to image "ZOOM" capability online, to 360° views on selected items. This is in addition to our team of the finest catalogers and subject matter experts who prepare our catalog descriptions.

One of the little known services that we offer to every bidder is a condition report. We typically have our entire departmental staff available for condition reports for the two weeks before an auction, as well as having as many of our catalogers and experts here a couple of days in advance of the auction to answer your questions.

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What's It Worth
Worth The Finest Needlework Embroidered Wool Quilt Known, Paul Family, Circa Early 19th Century From the 18th Century Community of South Solon, Maine. Sold For: $97,750

If you have a single item, collection or entire Estate and want to know "What's it worth?" please take a picture and email us at antiques@jamesdjulia.com. We are always looking for rare & valuable items, as well as collections for our auctions.

Quilt-Making: An American Tradition
Stroll around any local craft show and you will see homemade quilts to awe and inspire. Bright colors, intricate patterns and pristine craftsmanship will abound, but where did the tradition begin? The picture that pops to mind is a pioneer woman sitting by the fire as she lovingly stitches a beautiful quilt to keep her family warm through the long cold winter. In reality, quilting as we know it today did not take off for the average woman until the mid- 1700's, until then the average housewife was far too busy spinning, weaving and sewing clothing to spare time for artistic endeavors. In its earliest form, "quilt-making" was more likely to take the form of patching holes in and refashioning commercial or woven blankets and would have included combining blankets or using older blankets as filler. These were not lovingly crafted heirlooms to be passed from generation to generation but rather highly functional pieces to keep loved ones warm.
It wasn't until the mid-1700's that quilting as we think of it today really became popular. Fabrics now manufactured in America were more affordable allowing time and resources for more artistic endeavors. Quilting became a social opportunity in which many women gathered together for "sewing" or "quilting bees" and the application of many hands to the same project allowed a group to finish multiple projects in one day. Many traditions arose around community quilting including the custom of young girls making a "baker's dozen" of quilt tops before her coming of age which were to be finished during her engagement and brought into her marriage. In the mid 1800's the invention of the sewing machine made the quilting process even more efficient and more and more intricate and extravagant quilts were created.

Besides being a social event, quilting also became... Read more.

Outstanding Needlework Decorated Crazy Quilt

At James D. Julia, Inc. we are always seeking high quality antiques of all types for our year-round auctions. We offer the best seller commission rates in the industry, as low as 0% for high value items and collections. Please contact us directly at 207-453-7125 (Maine office) or 781-460-6800 (Boston area office) to learn more or if you are considering consigning one item, an entire collection or an estate to auction. All inquiries are confidential and without obligation.

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