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.
Credit LineGift from the Estate of Ida Lewis
Object Typecommemorative medals
Related People & OrganizationsLewis, Ida (associated)