On November 24, Freeman’s will proudly present the first auction held at their new gallery at 2400 Market in Center City, Philadelphia. The single owner sale, A Grand Old Flag: The Stars and Stripes Collection of Dr. Peter J. Keim, is one of the largest collection of historic American Flags ever offered at auction.

PHILADELPHIA- Recognized asone of the most comprehensive collections of historic American Flags, The Stars and Stripes Collection of Dr. Peter J. Keimranges from 13-star Flags to 50-star Flags, with most in-between iterations. Built over 40 years with passion, perseverance and a steadfast commitment to rarity and historical significance, the collection includes an impressive array of over 400 Flags, as well as related books, patriotic memorabilia and artifacts from 19thand 20thcentury popular culture. 

Significance of the Collection

Lynda Cain, Freeman’s Vice President and Head of the American Furniture, Folk & Decorative Arts Department, says “The Flags of the Keim Collection are important markers of time and place in American history. With every additional star of statehood, these Flags illuminate the complex geographical negotiations, political and economical machinations, and military actions behind the history of growth of the United States of America. Collected with an astute eye for rarity and graphic impact, Dr. Keim has amassed stunning examples of our National Emblem.”

Over the years, Flags from Dr. Keim’s collection have been featured in numerous publications, programs and museum exhibitions across the country. They were also prominently displayed twice in the famed windows at Bergdorf Goodman on 5th Ave. in New York City.

“This important and renowned collection is a true celebration of this great nation and its storied past,” remarks Freeman’s Chairman Alasdair Nichol. “It’s a well-known fact that Freeman’s own history is closely intertwined with that of Philadelphia and the United States, so we felt very strongly that Dr. Keim’s collection was perfect for the opening of our new gallery: an impressive and fitting tribute to the past as well as a toast to the future.”

Touring Dates

Highlights from the collection will be touring to various historically significant cities along the Eastern seaboard prior to their exhibition and sale. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served; please RSVP by September 20.

Richmond, VA– September 24, 6-8pm | Commonwealth Club, 401 W. Franklin Street

Washington, D.C.– September 25, 6-8pm | Kimpton George Hotel, 15 E Street NW

Boston, MA– October 10, 6-8pm | Loews Hotel, 154 Berkeley Street