Allied Relief Medal

Object Number: 
INV.4943
Date: 
After 1916
Medium: 
Brass; cardboard, paper, textile
Dimensions: 
box: 1 5/8 x 1 5/8 x 7/16 in. ( 4.1 x 4.1 x 1.1 cm ) diameter: 1 1/4 in. ( 3.1 cm )
Marks: 
Inscription: left of field, vertically: "COPYRIGHT" Inscription: right of field, vertically: "SPICER-SIMSON"
Description: 
Brass struck uniface replica of the original medal issued in 1916 by the Gorham Manufacturing Company; depicts American eagle with heraldic shield with date at upper corners "AD", at left, and "1916", at right, divided in halves by sword at center and containing seals of Great Britain and her colonies (ship), France (rooster), Italy (Cross of Savoy), Montenegro (lion's head), Russia (bear), Belgium (lion), Japan (rising sun), and Serbia (four letters "E" that are the first letters of her motto "Union creates strength"); legend around line border containing thirteen stars (original American states): "DO RIGHT AND FEAR NO MAN" (inspired by inscription on one of George Washington's dress swords). Red, white, and blue ribbon drawn through circular loop attached at top center. Medal is inset into square cream-colored cardboard box.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group