Anthony de Francisci, Public Service and Heroism Award, 1929, lead, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Anthony de Francisci, 1966.51.54
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.
Public Service and Heroism Award
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2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of Mrs. Anthony de Francisci
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- Object – other – candlestick
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