Blossom Point Farmhouse
Context: Lot 28, Unit 6, Main Block, East Room; In
an area under the house near the fireplace dining room that has been
disturbed by 20th-century refurbishing activity.
Site Date Range: c. 1805-1942
Metal: Copper alloy
Dimensions: 0.73” (18 mm) wide, 0.86”
(22 mm) tall, 0.08” (2 mm) thick
Written in French, “O MARIE CONÇUE SANS PÉCHÉ
PRIEZ POUR NOUS QUI AVONS RECOURS À VOUS” (Translation:
O Mary conceived without sin pray for us who have recourse to thee)
around the Virgin Mary with rays emitting from her hands.
Miraculous Medal motif showing the letter “M” with a cross
over it, and under both are the Sacred Heart of Jesus with a crown of
thorns, and the Sacred Heart of Mary pierced by a sword.
The Miraculous Medal motif is attributed to Zoe Labore, a member of
the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul in Paris, France. She
was canonized as Saint Catherine after the Virgin Mary appeared to her
three times in 1830, and ordered that a medal with this image be struck
so that those who wore the medals would be blessed with great graces.
The first medals were made in 1832 (Glass
1911). Most Miraculous Medals depict Mary on the front with rays
emitting from her fingers as seen in Labore’s first vision.
Courtesy U.S. Army Garrison Adelphi Laboratory Center.