Auction: 2002 Americana & Decorative Arts. November 20. Price Realized: $4,312.50 Fragment of Flag Made by Betsy Ross, with parts of 2 red and 2 white stripes, 7 stars. Appears to be silk, with cotton stars and hoist, all hand sewn. Old ink note on hoist “Property of Mrs. Rachel Albright / Granddaughter of Betsy Ross.” Remnant as pictured about 14 x 22″. Framed under glass. Brittle, not removed from frame for examination. (EST $1000-$1500)
Sold at Cowans $4312.50
According to the whitewashed legend, Betsy Ross was a mild-mannered seamstress living in Philadelphia. Sometime in 1776, General George Washington and two other members of the Continental Congress entered the Widow Ross’ humble home and asked her to make a flag. Washington had the idea to incorporate six-pointed stars, but Ross demonstrated a clever folding method
that produced a five-pointed star with a single snip of the scissors, making it easier to mass-produce. The general approved the design, and the rest is history.
“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands. One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”