Freedom of the City of Cork Casket

MO 63.6123a
Freedom of the City of Cork Casket
Maker unknown
Silver gilt, marble, wood, velvet
10 1/8" x 7 1/2" x 5 1/2"
The casket is a rectangular box with hinged lid and tapered sides, mounted on Connemara marble and wood base. The lid has a Gaelic inscription on one side and an English inscription on the other. The lid handle bears the coat of arms for the City of Cork: a ship between two watch towers and "Statio Bene Fide Carinis" meaning a "safe harbor for ships." The front of the box bears the Great Seal of the United States flanked by incised shamrocks. Each end of the box bears a harp, the coat of arms of Ireland. The box interior is lined with green velvet and contains a key. The custom of awarding the "Freedom of the City" whereby persons distinguished for public service become Honorary Burgesses of a City dates from the 14th century. President Kennedy was elected 11th June 1963, in token of pride that this descendant of Irish emigrants should have been elected to such an exalted office and appreciation of his action in coming to visit the country of his ancestors; as a tribute to his unceasing and fruitful work towards the attainment of prosperity and true peace by all the people of the world; and in recognition of the close ties that have always existed between Ireland and the US.
This award was conferred on President Kennedy June 28th, 1963 during his state visit to Ireland by the Lord Mayor of Cork, Ireland Sean Casey.
Sean Casey, Lord Mayor of Cork, Ireland
  • AV archives (black and white): NLK 87-4
  • JFKPOF-045-035
  • JFKPOF-108-014
  • JFKPOF-119a-002
  • JFKPOF-130-006
  • JFKSG-MO-1963-6123b
National Archives and Records Administration. Office of Presidential Libraries. John F. Kennedy Library. (04/01/1985- )
Donated to the United States