Abraham Lincoln Campaign Flag

Value (2005) | $8,000 Auction$12,000 Auction

GUEST:
This was President Abraham Lincoln's campaign flag from the election of 1864, I believe. And "Abraham Lincoln" didn't fit, so they put "Abram" on it.

APPRAISER:
Okay. And this was mounted when?

GUEST:
Seven years ago.

APPRAISER:
And you didn't see it before it was mounted?

GUEST:
No.

APPRAISER:
It's a wonderful flag, and it was a great campaign.

GUEST:
Mm-hmm.

APPRAISER:
Lincoln was running against McClellan, who was a Civil War general.

GUEST:
Mm-hmm.

APPRAISER:
And they disliked each other intensely. But this flag, originally... you can see the little tack holes here. It was tacked to a pole and carried in a political parade. Also, Andrew Johnson's name is stitched on with another piece of cloth. So I think this flag was used in an earlier political campaign--

GUEST:
Mm-hmm.

APPRAISER:
--with somebody else's name on it. And this has the large star in the center. That was a tradition that was carried on occasionally since the Revolution, more as a decoration than as any meaning. This is a wonderful flag, and your family had it for how long?

GUEST:
Ever since we can remember. Just... It's been passed down. It's a family heirloom.

APPRAISER:
It's printed, it's a great size, and, uh, you've got it mounted in this frame, and they did a good job. And the value would be probably $8,000 to $12,000 at auction.

GUEST:
Wow.

Appraisal Details

Appraiser
Guthman Americana
Appraised value (2005)
$8,000 Auction$12,000 Auction
Event
Los Angeles, CA (August 13, 2005)
Period
19th Century
Form
Flag
Material
Cloth

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