Lot 86: Catholic devotional scapular of the Immaculate Heart of Mary given by John F. Kennedy to the son of a Navy friend in the late 1950s or early 1960s. The scapular measures 1.25 x 1.75 and has a white body with green felt serrated borders, depicting the Virgin Mary on one side and religious imagery on the other, surrounded by text reading, "Now and at the hour of our death, Immaculate heart of Mary pray for us." Encapsulated in a plastic sleeve and attached to a thin green cord. In fine condition, with trivial soiling. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from the original recipient, in part: "This item was presented to me personally by John F. Kennedy. I received it as an adolescent sometime when Kennedy was either Senator, President Elect, or President but not after 1961. My father, John G. W. Mahanna was a dear friend of Kennedy who's relationship began during World War II…The two stayed in touch…During John F. Kennedy's run for both Congress and the State Senate in Massachusetts, my father helped stage appearances for Kennedy all through Western Massachusetts and Berkshire County. My mother…would organize social teas for Kennedy's campaigns. My parents attended Kennedy's wedding to Jacqueline Bouvier, and whenever Kennedy was passing through the area he would stay at our home." A wonderful religious piece from the first Catholic president with superb first-person provenance.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 466
Wednesday, 9th December 2015
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