David W. Taylor Medal Awarded for Notable Achievement in Navy Architecture and Marine Engineering (reverse)
1936 Anthony de Francisci Born: Palermo, Italy 1887 Died: New York, New York 1964 copper 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Gilda Slate 1966.110.36 Not currently on view
Luce Center Label
The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers commissioned the David W. Taylor Medal in 1936 to honor successes in naval architecture and marine engineering. The first medal was presented to Taylor himself, a rear admiral in the U.S. Navy and noted authority on naval architecture and engineering. The reverse of the true medal, seen in this uniface sample, depicts a modern destroyer cruising across stylized waves.
Animal - fish - sea horse
Architecture - boat - warship
sculpture - medal
metal - copper