I have one of five St. Christopher Medallions that was given to
my father and four other bomber crewmembers during WWII from
Barbara Stanwyck. As Ms. Stanwyck was a well-known entertainer, I
thought that it would be interesting to identify the jeweler or
business where she may have been a customer and purchased the
medallions. Facts known:
Giving the medallions to the bomber crewmen is well documented
in an Army/Air Corp publication, “Brief”, dated June 13, 1944 to
include photographs and the inscription provided on the
The medallions are marked as 14 carat gold.
Each medallion was engraved to each crewmember by name as in the
case of my father’s medallion:
To John G Bless You "Queen" Barbara
Ms. Stanwyck signed the medallions “Queen” in reference to her
performance as Queenie in “Lady of Burlesque”.
In a letter to one of the crewmen from Ms. Stanwyck dated March
28, 1944, she states that she is glad that the medals arrived -
she was getting ready to blast the Post Office. That would place
the time of origin for Ms. Stanwyck obtaining the medallions
probably during late 1943.
According to a local jeweler, the inscription was hand engraved.
Above the “14 Carat” mark is a distinctive jeweler’s mark which I
understand would identify the actual jeweler who engraved the
medallions and additionally could be a clue as to the location
where the medallions were obtained.
My request for assistance is based on the jeweler’s mark as it
is the single clue to continue my search to learn more about my
father’s medallion. However, this is where I am stuck since I
don’t know how or where to go to track down a jeweler’s mark.
My request for assistance is a personal quest and not a business
venture. Any tips from the Orchid membership would be