Public Service and Heroism Award
1929 Anthony de Francisci Born: Palermo, Italy 1887 Died: New York, New York 1964 lead 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Anthony de Francisci 1966.51.54 Not currently on view
Luce Center Label
Anthony de Francisci created this artist’s strike, or sample, to represent the reverse of a true medal. The inscription reads, “Awarded In Recognition of Great Public Service And Heroism In Saving Human Life,” suggesting it was designed to honor a corps of rescue workers. The irregular edges mark this as a “splasher,” in which the molten metal was stamped with the die to gauge the sharpness of the image.
Object - other - candlestick
sculpture - medal
metal - lead