Commemorative Medal

Object number
12.1.2
Creator
Unknown
Date
1881
Description
Gold, circular medal. One side of the medal reads: 'Life saving medal of the first class/ United States of America' and depicts, in relief, three men in a boat saving a woman from drowning at sea. The other side of the medal reads: 'in testimony of heroic deeds in saving life from the perils of the sea/ to Ida Lewis for signal heroism in saving two men from drowning February 4, 1881/ Act of Congress June 20th 1874'. Depicted are a female classical figure, an American Eagle and items related to sailing (ships mast, anchor and navigational equipment). The medal was awarded to Ida Lewis on July 16, 1881.
Materials
gold
Credit Line
Gift from the Estate of Ida Lewis
Object Type
commemorative medals
Related People & Organizations
Lewis, Ida (associated)