Captain James Biddle Naval Medal

Object Number: 
2008.42.188
Date: 
1820-1885
Medium: 
Bronze
Dimensions: 
diameter: 65.3mm (2 9/16 in.)
Marks: 
Obverse below bust at right and reverse on exergual line: "FURST. F."
Description: 
Bronze struck medal with obverse showing uniformed bust of James Biddle facing right with legend: "THE CONGRESS OF THE U.S. TO CAPT.JAMES BIDDLE. /FOR HIS GALLANTRY GOOD CONDUCT AND SERVICES." Reverse shows naval battle scene with legend: "CAPTURE OF THE BRITISH SHIP PENGUIN/BY THE U.S. SHIP HORNET" and inscription below exergual line: "OFF TRISTAN D'ACUNHA/MARCH XXIII/MDCCCXV"
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Naval History Society, 1925
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group