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Item 8 - John F. Kennedy, Jr. French Cruciform Medal Catalog 555 (May 2019)

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Sold Price: $316.25 (includes buyer's premium)

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Beautiful gold-finished French Scapular cruciform religious medal gifted to John and Jacqueline Kennedy upon the birth of their son John F. Kennedy, Jr. The small cross, .75 x 1, features raised four-way images to both sides, with designs relating to Sacred Heart medal, the St. Joseph medal, the St. Christopher medal, and the Miraculous medal. In fine condition.

Accompanied by a signed letter of provenance from Mary Barelli Gallagher, originally written for a set of 10 religious medals, in part: "This baby gift is one of the many gifts that had arrived daily to the home of President-Elect and Mrs. John F. Kennedy, 3307 N St., N.W., Georgetown, Washington, D.C. on the occasion of John Jr.'s birth, November 25, 1960. Mrs. Kennedy would ask that I prepare a letter of thanks to the sender for her to sign, and this is one of the gifts that she offered me to take home. I donated the vast majority of these gifts to various charities, others I gave away to friends, relatives, etc., keeping the more interesting ones, such as this, for myself." Provenance: Collection of Mary Barelli Gallagher, Bonhams, 2017. Barelli was secretary to Senator John F. Kennedy from 1953-1956, and personal secretary to Jackie Kennedy from 1956-1964.

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