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What would you offer for a 49 star 5 X 9/12 ft. cotton "best"
2x2 ply cotton butting from Valley Forge Co. Spring City, PA. Used to belong to my father; in very good condition.
Thanks
Ray


Answer
Hi, Ray.

Most people will go their entire lives without seeing a 49 star flag, but they are very common among flag enthusiasts.  49 star flags were official for 1 year and many thousands were made.  Thousands of unused 49 star flags were found in a warehouse and released into the marketplace, which also didn't help in regards to their being more scarce.

The flag is worth probably $50-$100 at auction.  Larger ones are a bit more unusual, but yours is probably a burial flag, which hurts it.  The size is also difficult to sell.

My best advice is to gift it to someone who will treasure it, perhaps a young person in your family.  It will be worth more some day.

Best,

Jeff

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Jeff Bridgman

Expertise

I am an expert in antique American flags, particularly in Stars & Stripes flag, both printed and sewn varieties. I also have expertise in antique Confederate flags. I am not an expert in flag etiquette and flag laws, so please don't ask me questions concerning where and how to fly modern American flags. My particular focus is on the 19th century, when there basically were no laws or rules of formal etiquette.

Experience

I am the world's largest buyer and seller of antique flags. I also have 25 years of experience selling other early American textiles.

Organizations
Antiques Dealers Association of America (ADA); Antiques Counci; Antiques & Arts Dealer's League of America (AADLA); Cinoa; North American Vexillogical Association (NAVA)

Publications
The Magazine Antiques, FOCUS (Journal of the Antiques Council), Antiques and the Arts Weekly, Northeast, New England Antiques Journal, Chubb Collectors [Chubb Insurance Group], Country Home Magazine, Country Living Magazine, etc.

Education/Credentials
Graduate Degree, 1994

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