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To view quilts from the Dillow collection go to Search the Collections, scroll down to the IQSC Collection field and select "Byron and Sara Rhodes Dillow Collection" from the drop-down box. The gift, jointly announced in November, 2008 by museum director Patricia Crews and University of Nebraska Foundation president Clarence Castner, is the second largest gift of quilts to the center, following only that of the first quilt collection gift from Robert and Ardis James to help start the IQSC.The International Quilt Study Center & Museum at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln was honored with the gift of 275 quilts with an estimated value of more than 1.2 million dollars from the estate of collectors Sara Rhodes Dillow and Byron Dillow, M. The Dillows also provided major support toward the Center's capital campaign and established an endowed fund, The Byron and Sara Dillow Excellence Fund, through the NU foundation for ongoing support of the Center.In addition to flags, I also have expertise in quilts, of which I have long been a dealer and collector, plus hooked rugs, samplers and show towels, theorems, patriotic banners, kerchiefs, and yard goods. Jeffrey Kenneth Kohn, the American flag consultant for Sotheby’s Auction House in New York and their internet equivalent, Kohn and I were working together, he catalogued both the Connelly and Mastai Collections, the two largest groups of American flags ever to be sold at public auction.
I employ the services of a full-time conservation staff to mount and frame both flags and other early textiles, so that they can be faithfully preserved for many years of enjoyment and are ready to hang in your home or place of business.
For those of you who like to buy quilts at on-line auctions I thought I would give a bit of advice.
There are many quilts out there that are reproduction quilts.
The education gained from being able to physically compare thousands of flags has allowed me to learn more about our nation’s symbol than any active flag dealer in the country.
The information I have gleaned along the way is processed and translated into the lengthy descriptions that accompany each flag that I sell.