Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States Medal

  • Anthony de Francisci, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States Medal, 1952?, brass, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Gilda Slate, 1966.110.54

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The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States was established after the Spanish-American War in 1899 to “honor the dead by helping the living.” Anthony de Francisci’s uniface artist’s sample shows the VFW symbol framed on the left by the fasces---the bundled sheaf of wheat symbolizing strength through unity---and on the right by the olive branch of peace. Thirteen stars refer to the original thirteen colonies symbolized in the first American flag.

Title
Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States Medal
Artist
Date
1952?
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
3 in. (7.5 cm.) diam.
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Gilda Slate

Mediums
Mediums Description
brass
Classifications
Keywords
  • Emblem – cross
  • Emblem – military insignia
  • Animal – bird – eagle
Object Number
1966.110.54
Palette
Linked Open Data
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