This is such a cool family artifact — I’ve never seen anything like it! In fact, this may be my favorite antique yet (I hold the New England region particularly close to my heart). Dating back to 1734, this family Coat of Arms is made of paper (using a process called quilling, which involves tightly wound pieces of paper specifically arranged to create an intricate design) — but this old timey object is more than just an heirloom. According to the Antiques Roadshow expert (who seems to know his stuff) featured in the video, quilling techniques were extremely rare in colonial America, making this antique quite a specimen. Since this particular Coat of Arms represents two “Great New England families,” the piece is quite valuable… see for yourself in the clip below. If you love antiques, it will give you quite the rush!
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