Freeman’s Auctioneer’s and Appraisers has been in the business of finding valuable antiquities and selling them to avid collectors since 1805. This past week, on Monday April 30th, 2012, Freeman’s auctioned off some truly beautiful pieces of history in the form of historic and rare naval flags that date back prior to the Civil War. These pieces came from the collection of the late H. Richard Dietrich, Jr who was an avid collector and patron of American Art.
The flags that were auctioned off ranged from an English Red Ensign, flown on the USS Constitution, to an Imperial Brazilian Ensign. Also included in the exquisite collection was a rare 13 star, 11 color United States Ensign.
This collection was even featured in the New York Times, with further information on Mr. Dietrich and his collection of Americana. That article can be found here.
The Freeman’s Auctioneer and Appraisers archived information site which contains a beautiful catalog describing the items as well as detailed information about each flag can be found here.
The following are a few of the flags that were including in Mr. Dietrich’s collection:
Also featured on the Freeman’s Auction site are video’s that document the collection, and further details, and rich facts on the flags, including the value and purchase price of the flags. You can locate that site here.
Pictures and information from the Freeman’s Archive site: http://www.freemansauction.com/asp/searchresults.asp?pg=1&ps=25