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Original Art for General Pershing Presentation Medal
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A fascinating piece of World War I historical memorabilia: the original artwork for the design of a unique medal that was presented by the city of New Orleans to General John J. Pershing at the 1920 Mardi Gras. The medal design is worked in watercolors. The top suspension bar bears the designation "Gen. John J. Pershing Duke of Victory". The artwork bears a notation indicating that the reverse was to be engraved "Rex and his court New Orleans La. February 17th 1920". The artwork also bears the approval notation of "OK", with the approver's initials and the date of 2/3/20, along with the handwritten notation "This is the accepted design". A note on the reverse of the artwork states that the medal is to be made "All in 14K Gold". The artwork was rendered on artist's card stock, and it is about 4 by 6 inches in size. The artwork is accompanied by a copy of an article reporting on the presentation of the actual medal to General Pershing at the 1920 Mardi Gras celebration.