Jeff Bridgman Antique Flags
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Museum of the American Revolution
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Museum Exhibition: "A New Constellation"

Friday, June 14th - Sunday, July 21st, 2019

Curated by Jeff Bridgman

Announcing our first solo exhibit at a major museum and the first ever large scale exhibition of antique 13 star flags in American history.  This will take place at the Museum of the American Revolution, opening on Flag Day, June 14th, and running through Independence Day, ending July 21st.

Displayed will be 40 examples with no less than 32 different arrangements of 13 stars, represented on flags made over a period from approximately the year 1800 (possibly prior) through the turn-of-the-20th century.

"I am thrilled that these flags will be seen by visitors from around the world at the Museum of the American Revolution this summer," said Jeff Bridgman, the leading dealer of antique American flags and political textiles and a leading authority, who is loaning the flags to the Museum. "I truly believe that there is no substitute for the experience of standing in the presence of these remarkable pieces of America's past.  Their impressive scale and texture are extraordinary, and it will be simply incredible to view them all together in one room."

Among the highlights are a number of the earliest known 13-star flags in America, including one which arranges 13 stars to form a large star.

Also displayed will be a large flag (5ft. 9in. by 12ft. 4in.) ca. 1830s-1850s, found in Gloucester, Mass., which features 13 stars in a configuration possibly arranged to crudely form the letters "U" and "S."

The exhibit also features three flags that include eagles as well as stars, one of which was made by venerable flag-maker Sarah McFadden, who is sometimes dubbed "the Betsy Ross of New York."

If you have never been to the Museum of the American Revolution, be sure not to miss this stunning institution. Brand new in 2017, the museum absorbed the collection of Valley Forge, sought and acquired other extraordinary material, and now holds such not-to-be-missed objects as George Washington's field headquarters tent and two stellar, Revolutionary War battle flags.  Exceptional in both its conception and execution, this is the ideal example of what a first class museum can be in the 21st century, designed by Stern Architects of NY, expertly appointed, staffed by the most passionate experts, and capable of delighting audiences both young and old.

The exhibit will be on view in the Museum's first-floor Patriots Gallery from June 14 – July 14, 2019 and will be included with regular Museum admission. Tickets to the Museum can be purchased by calling 215.253.6731 or at

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San Francisco

San Francisco Fall Antiques Show

Wednesday, October 2nd - Sunday, October 6th, 2019


I am honored to return for my 10th year to The San Francisco Fall Antiques Show.  Widely considered to be the best show on the West Coast, the event featuring top dealers from around the globe.  The show is rigorously vetted by committees of experts in various fields of antiques, so customers can come and buy with an unusual degree of confidence in authenticity.


Preview Party Opening:  Wednesday, Oct. 2nd (see below for details)

Regular Show Hours:

Thursday - Saturday, Oct. 3rd - 5th:  10:30 AM – 7 PM

Sunday, Oct. 6th:  12 Noon – 5 PM

Regular admission is $15 in advance and $20 at the door, but call or email me for comp tickets for regular admission.


The show is to be held at Fort Mason Center, located in the beautiful Marina district, between Fisherman's Wharf and the Golden Gate Bridge, on San Francisco Bay. One could easily argue that this is the most beautiful location for an antiques show in America. The entrance to Fort Mason Center is at the intersection of Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street. Use 2 Marina Boulevard, San Francisco in your GPS. The Festival Pavilion is in the far back corner of the lot, as far as you can go.

What Else Should I Know?

The Gala Preview Party, held to benefit the "Enterprise for High School Students" charity, is simply over-the-top—unparalleled in glamour, cuisine, and attendance. This offers an opportunity for serious collectors to shop the show before it opens to the general public. The event opens on Wednesday, beginning at 4 p.m. Tickets are offered at various tiers based upon time of entry. Tickets at 4:00 require a donation of at least $3,000 for which 2 tickets are received. At 5:00 p.m. it drops to $2,000 for 2 persons. At 6:00 p.m. it drops to $800 for 2 persons or $500 for a single ticket. And at 7:00 p.m. it drops to $500 for 2 persons of $300 for a single ticket. If you wish to attend this event please call the SFFAS office at (415) 989-9019 or email:

If you would like to see anything specific, either from my website, or within a certain category in terms of date, size, price, and any other factors, call me a week ahead of time and let me know. I'd be pleased to accomodate.

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new york city

One Man Selling Exhibition

Saturday, November 2nd - Friday, November 29th, 2019

I cordially invite you to my 2018 exhibit and sale of antique American flags, patriotic & political objects at The Union League Club in Manhattan, New York City.

When:  The exhibit will be open on Saturday, November 2nd  and close on Friday, November 29th.

Where:  38 East 37th St., New York, NY  [S.W. Corner of Park Ave. & 37th Streets]

What Time:  Regular hours are from 8 am to 9 pm every day of the week, including weekends. Guests receiving this notice may present themselves at the front desk to say that they are there to see the flag show in the gallery.

What Else Do I Need to Know:

Please note that club rules prohibit jeans, shorts, and cell phone use within the lobby.

You may call me from within the gallery at (717) 676-0545. My sincerest thanks for your cooperation.

If you are considering a purchase, this is a great opportunity to do so, as I will have approximately 50-60 examples hanging on display and more with me.

Call me in advance to make an appointment, as I am not always present.  If you wish to see a particular example from my website, or to see a specific range of material in terms of size, age, price level, or any other factors, contact me at (717) 676-0545 to make an appointment.  If necessary, I can bring in more objects from our vast inventory for your consideration, tailored to your needs/interests.

About the Union League

One of the city's most exclusive institutions, the Union League was founded during the Civil War in 1863 by a group of concerned and influential citizens, to aid President Abraham Lincoln in his quest to preserve the Union. Over the past 140 years, the club has quietly rendered distinguished service to the nation. During the Civil War it raised and funded three volunteer regiments. The Sanitary Fair (a major fund raising effort for the war) was directed by club members and held outside the club house, at that time located in Union Square. Union League Club members were instrumental in establishing The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1870. They played an essential role in the founding of the American Red Cross (an outgrowth of the Sanitary Commission), as well as to help to erect both the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor and the Lincoln Monument in Union Square. They were also the driving force that ended the ongoing corruption that festering within the circles of Boss Tweed and Tammany Hall.

Many prominent civic, state and national leaders have enjoyed membership in the ULC, including fifteen presidents, many senators and congressmen, cabinet members, diplomats, and scores of CEO's of major corporations. J. Pierpont Morgan was a regular during the 19th century, along with John Jay, William Cullen Bryant, Chester Arthur, and Thomas Nast. Emanuel Leutze, who painted Washington Crossing the Delaware, was a member and the famous work was exhibited at the Sanitary Fair. Theodore Roosevelt managed his early political career from the Club's chambers and chose them as a place to hold interrogations during the time in which he served as New York's Chief of Police.

Today one of the primary focuses of the Club is the well being of our military veterans.

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Friday, December 6th - Sunday, December 8th, 2019

I am looking forward to my annual trek to Greenwich, CT to exhibit at Antiquarius, a longstanding, high quality show that features 42 distinguished dealers from across America and beyond..


Preview Party:  There will be a gala benefit preview party on Friday, Dec. 6th from 7 - 9:00pm.  Attendance at the preview is $150.

Regular Show Hours:

Saturday, Dec. 7th:  10am - 6pm

Sunday, Dec. 8th:  11 am - 5 pm.


The event is to be held at the Greenwich Civic Center, 90 Harding Rd., Old Greenwich, CT, located immediately next to the Old Greenwich Train Station - Metro North Railroad (MTA).  The show is a charity fund raiser for the Historical Society of the Town of Greenwich.

Regular admission is $15, but if you wish to come see me at the show during regular hours, just email me and I will leave you comp tickets at the door or send them to you in advance.

What Else Should I Know?

If you would like to see anything specific, either from my website, or within a certain category in terms of date, size, price, and any other factors, call me a week ahead of time and let me know.  I'd be pleased to accomodate.

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