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Item 86 - John F. Kennedy Funeral Horseshoe Catalog 512 (Nov 2017)

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Sold Price: $11,769.80 (includes buyer's premium)


A horseshoe worn by one of the six white horses that pulled the caisson during the funeral for President John F. Kennedy, measuring approximately 5.25 x 5.25 x 1, with an old "Capt. Gerard M. Devlin" ownership tag attached. In fine condition. Accompanied by two letters of provenance, one signed by Richard C. Cloy and the other by the consignor. Cloy's letter, in part: "The purpose of this letter is to provide you with a certificate of authenticity for the horse shoe I gave to your father, Gerard, when you and he visited me in Washington D.C. in January of 1964…I was commanding HQ and HQ Company, 3rd (BG), 'The Old Guard.' Among the units under my command was the Caisson Platoon, commanded by CWO McKinney. During that visit I gave you and your father a tour of the stables and presented your father with a horseshoe that had been worn by one of the 6 horses that pulled the caisson during the funeral for President John F. Kennedy." The consignor's statement recalls this visit with Captain Cloy, in part: "I remember him giving us a tour of the stables where we saw the six white horses, and the 'caisson wagon' that pulled President Kennedy's coffin up to Arlington National Cemetery, for burial. After the tour we went back to Captain Cloy's office, and as we're seated he pulled out a horse shoe from the bottom drawer of his desk and handed it to my dad, and said, 'Gerry, I've been getting phone calls, and letters from around the world requesting a horse shoe from one of the horses when they get re-shoed.'"

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