Bronze; leather, silk, white metal
case: 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 x 1 1/2 in. ( 21.6 x 21.6 x 3.8 cm )
diameter: 4 1/16 in. ( 10.3 cm )
Inscription: case lid, top, center, impressed in gold: "PRESENTED/TO THE/N. Y. Historical Society./BY ISAAC P. FRANCIS,/IN BEHALF OF HIS FATHER,/THE LATE/Joseph Francis,/INVENTOR OF THE/LIFE-SAVING APPLIANCES./MAY 1894."
Bronze struck medallion with obverse showing clothed bust of Joseph Francis facing left with legend: "THE . VNITED . STATES . OF . AMERICA . BY . ACT . OF . CONGRESS . 27 . AVGUST . 1888 . . ./to JOSEPH . FRANCIS . /INVENTOR . AND . FRAMER ."; inscription below bust: "OF.THE.MEANS.FOR. THE./LIFE.SAVING.SERVICE./OF.THE.COVNTRY."; thirty-eight stars around. Reverse shows oak wreath enclosing scene of life-saving equipment in operation along the sea-coast; dates at lower center: "1801-1812/1850." Rectangular black leather fitted case with purple silk velvet and silk satin lining and white metal closure.
Gift of Isaac P. Francis, 1894
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