Lot 3: John F. Kennedy's Harvard Crimson Medallion
8th November 2017
John F. Kennedy's personally-owned Harvard Crimson bronze medallion, measuring 38 mm in diameter, featuring a raised Harvard seal, quill and scroll, and raised lettering on the front, reading: "1873, The Harvard Crimson." The reverse is engraved, "John F. Kennedy, '40." In fine condition, with general expected wear. Provenance: "The Contents from John F. Kennedy's College Era Jewelry Box," Guernsey's, March 1998. The Harvard Crimson is Harvard University's daily student newspaper, for which John F. Kennedy served as business editor during his studies there. In 1940, Kennedy graduated cum laude from Harvard with a Bachelor of Arts in government, concentrating on international affairs. His thesis, 'Appeasement in Munich,' about British participation in the Munich Agreement, soon became a bestseller under the title Why England Slept. He criticized the British 'appeasement' toward Nazi Germany in a letter published in the Crimson on June 9, 1940, in which he observed: 'The failure to build up her armaments has not saved England from a war, and may cost her one. Are we in America to let that lesson go unlearned?' A year later he would join the war effort as part of the US Naval Reserve, and by the end of 1942 found himself stationed on PT boats in the South Pacific. One of Kennedy's prized personal possessions, this remarkable Harvard Crimson pendant derives from his important college years and is a true museum-quality piece.
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