Captain William Bainbridge Naval Medal
diameter: 64.9mm (2 9/16 in.)
Obverse under right of bust, and under legend in exerg.: "FURST. F."
Fire gilt bronze struck medal with obverse showing the uniformed bust of William Bainbridge facing right, with a star below, surrounded by legend: "GULIELMUS BAINBRIDGE PATRIA VICTISQUE LAUDATUS." Reverse shows naval battle scene with legend: "PUGNANDO." at center top and an inscription in exergue: "INTER CONST. NAV. AMERI./ET JAV. NAV. ANGL./DIE XXIX DECEM./MDCCCXII."
This medal was probably donated by John Sanford Barnes (1836-1911), founder of the Naval History Society and grandson-in-law of William Bainbridge.
Gift of the Naval History Society, 1925
Possible descent: William Bainbridge (1774-1833); to his daughter, Sarah Bainbridge Hayes; to her daughter, Susan Bainbridge Hayes, who married John Sanford Barnes (1836-1911), founder of the Naval History Society.
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