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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 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 46A, Drawer 3


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.

Keywords

Object - other - candlestick

sculpture - medal

metal - lead

About Anthony de Francisci

Born: Palermo, Italy 1887 Died: New York, New York 1964

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