. What The FLAG ??? (WTF???) Could a 19-Star Flag (c. 1818-1819) up for auction on eBay with a starting bid of only $0.99 (99 cents) actually be GENUINE ??? HECK! I don't know! YOU be the judge! http://cgi.ebay.com/1858-61-19-Star-American-Flag-appraised-pre-Civil-War-/130452742847?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1e5f96e2bf DESCRIPTION : "Large US Flag 4 ft x 9 ft with fourteen alternate red & white stripes and a blue canton bearing 19 stars. The stars are seperately appliqued to each side & as is usual in flags of this age they "point" in different directions, the fabric is lightweight cotton & although the colors are not too faded , the flag is in overall poor condition. This flag was appraised several years ago & this appraisal will be included it says this is a pre-Civil War political flag !! only a few of these have ever sold at auction! political civil war Flags have sold at auction between $17000 & $33,000 there is no record of a 19- star pre -Civil war flag ever being sold ! is this the only one with Confederacy ties!!!" Huh? (What The Flag???) PHOTOS : You know what? Since the opening bid is only 99 cents, I'm going to bid on this "pre-Civil War" Flag. I mean, how often do I get the chance to actually bid on a "genuine" piece of history ???? Robin Hickman Eugene, Oregon, USA .