About three weeks ago, I blogged about an Abraham Lincoln flag that had sold at auction for $1,225. It would have been a bargain at that price, had it not been a fake. A real one like it would have sold in the $5,000 range.
The flag had sold earlier in the summer in the same price range from the same seller, but mysteriously reappeared for sale a couple months later.
I had contacted a couple Lincoln collector/experts and both agreed that, while the flag was very deceptive, it was most certainly a fake. Several similar ones had turned up in recent years with the same stenciled black ink letters. The flags themselves were old, a factor that made the flags particularly deceptive, but the stenciling was not.
The day I posted the blog, I was contacted by a member of the American Political Items Collectors group saying he was the buyer, and would like to know who my experts were who thought the flag was a fake. Once he had contacted them, he told me later, he contacted the seller to say the item was a fake and he would like a refund. Everyone crossed their fingers and hoped for a happy outcome.
Recently, I got this email from the buyer: “All turned out OK with the Lincoln flag…the seller from NC indicated he had the flag for some time and locals he checked with said it looked real…but when I indicated I was an APIC member and that Lincoln experts from APIC said it was not old printing he refunded my money.”
Isn’t it great when a story has a happy ending? Let’s hope the flag doesn’t reappear on eBay.