Philly auctioneer selling rare Revolutionary War flag

PHILADELPHIA – Freeman’s Auctioneers in Philadelphia says a rare flag from the Revolutionary War will be available for sale this fall.

Revolutionary War flag from the 8th Virginia Regiment. Photo courtesy Freeman’s.

The 41-by-45-inch battle flag is from the Eighth Virginia Regiment under the command of Col. Peter Muhlenberg.

Dating from the Revolutionary War, the “Grand Division” color is painted with a scrolling white ribbon and inscribed “VIII Virg. Regt.” The remarkably intact silk flag has faded from its original salmon-red color to a golden hue. It has been passed down in the Muhlenberg family for more than 200 years. The auction house says it may be the last remaining battle flag in private hands.

The flag is expected to fetch between $400,000 and $600,000 when it goes on the auction block and will be offered in ‘The Pennsylvania Sale’ scheduled for Nov. 14, 2012.

For more information, visit Freeman’s.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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