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Textile treasures: Howell Farm to host quilt appraisal talk Oct. 6

Post Date:10/03/2017 11:56 AM

HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP, N.J. — A talk titled “Evaluating Your Quilts…is it a Treasure?” will be offered to the public Friday, Oct. 6, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Howell Living History Farm’s Visitor Center.

Would you like to know if that quilt you inherited or found at a flea market has any value? Quilt historian and professional appraiser Dana Balsamo will discuss how the value of quilts can be determined and what detracts from value. She will share her knowledge of market trends and what characteristics to look for when buying quilts to add to your collection. 

Visitors are welcome to bring one quilt that will be evaluated verbally as to date and pattern. Ms. Balsamo has contributed to books and articles on textiles and is the owner of Material Pleasures, an online store for antique and vintage textiles. She is the New Jersey representative of the American Quilt Study Group and the 2nd Vice President of the international organization Professional Association of Appraisers -- Quilted Textiles.

The evening program also provides a sneak preview of the farm’s biannual quilt show to be held on Saturday, Oct. 7. Parking and admission are free.

Howell Farm is owned by the County of Mercer and maintained by the Mercer County Park Commission. It is located on Valley Road, just off Route 29, in Hopewell Township. The GPS address is 70 Woodens Lane, Hopewell Township, N.J. 08530. For more information, call the farm office at (609) 737-3299 or visit or

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