Thanks to a reader’s e-mail about yesterday’s More William Morris Appliqué book review, I looked up a recent episode of the Antique Roadshow in order to take a gander at fabulous example of early 19th century embroidery. I thought I’d point you to it today, so you could take a look, too. I think it’s interesting!
The owner of this bedspread picked it up at an antique store for apparently no more than $100 – and it’s value in the market today, according to the evaluator, is somewhere in the $20,000 range. Not a bad investment!
But putting the monetary value of the piece aside, what I find interesting is the way the evaluator “reads” the history of the bedspread – well worth watching! It tells of how a woman poured her family story into her embroidery and made a piece of which she was undoubtedly quite proud. The sad take (happy for the lady who purchased it, though!) is that the piece wasn’t apparently valued by the family enough to keep it or to hand it on to friends, if the line has died out. We’ll probably never know anything specific about the embroiderer beyond what she stitched in her bedcover, but her handwork is certainly a tribute to the embroidering woman of the past.
I thought you might enjoy watching this excerpt of the Antique Roadshow episode that contains this piece of needlework history. To skip to the pertinent part, you can move to 20:47 on the time of the video if you like.