State Department Lifesaving Medal

Object Number: 
2008.42.368
Date: 
1862
Medium: 
Bronze
Dimensions: 
diameter: 63.9mm (2 1/2 in.)
Marks: 
Obverse at bottom: "KOEHLER"
Description: 
Bronze struck medal with obverse showing sailor in water clinging to spar labelled "U.S.", with ship in background. Reverse shows wreath of oak and laurel with stars above and eagle below, surrounding space for engraving.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Naval History Society, 1925
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group