Don't Buy A Fake Rare Vintage Antique American Flag
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Don't Buy A Fake Rare Vintage Antique American Flag:
DON'T BUY A FAKE "VINTAGE" OR "ANTIQUE" Flag.
Some American Flags listed as "Vintage" or "Antique" ... I want you to know how to tell if the one you want to offer on is FAKE.
1) Familiarize yourself with the history of the American Flag - Google American Flag Dimensions and click on the link to the USHISTORY website
Make sure the dimensions of the Flag are listed, if they're not... ask for them, they should be very similar to the measurements listed on the US History websiteIf you don't get the dimensions (ask for a picture of the Flag with a measuring tape next to it)... Move On to another listing, If you get an excuse like "This is a very old Flag & old Flags were made differently"... Move On to another listing
3) Study how the Flag is manufactured, Is the Flag in unbelievably good condition ? Are the colors too good to be 100 or 175 years old ? Remember, people in the 19th century bought things to use them, not to pass on to their Great Great Great Great Grandson so he could put it on
Does the Flag have stitching that doesn't look right ? Recently a Flag was listed as Rare and Vintage, however, the hoist end, or the blue end of the Flag was cut & folded and then re-sewn, turning a 50 star Flag into an incredibly rare 43 star Flag... and the butcher job was ridiculously obvious because the original stitching was dirty, and the new stitches were bright white and a completely different stitch, made from a modern sewing machine.
Are there materials/ used in the Flag that are essentially impossible to be from the era that the Flag is claimed to have been made ? Is itan EXTREMELY RARE! Flag, claiming to be from 1837 To 1845 and it has ALUMINUM Grommets where the Flag is attached to thepole ? Because Aluminum wasn't commercially available in 1837 To 1845, In fact, aluminum was so rare, that it was used to top the Washington Monument in 1888 because it was worth more than Gold.
Vintage & Antique American Flags are extremely cool and fun to collect. I have a few & I like to respect the damaged ones by displaying them as the works of art that they are. However, because vintage American Flags are so popular, there are a very few crooks out there to rip you off, PLEASE research the Flag that you want to invest your hard earned money in, and ask questions, the many honest sellers on actually want you to be happy with your investment
HAS ANYONE ELSE NOTICED HOW MANY SILK SCREENED "ANTIQUE of VINTAGE" FlagS ARE FLOODING ? THEY'RE EASY TO MANUFACTURE & DIFFICULT TO SHOW THAT THEY ARE FAKE (ESPECIALLY THE ONES THAT ARE FRAMED). SO, ask yourself this"Why are there only spots of the tea-stains that people anticipate seeing on old Flags ? Why aren't there folds marks after spending 100 years or more in a drawer or trunk ? Beware of the silk-screened fakes... There are plenty to scrutinize.
Your purchase will include a printout of this listing, and a jpeg of the Flag in this picture. It's all electronic & you'll receive it in an email (Or you can receive all of this information by reading this listing)