Lot 6656: Captin Harry Manning (1897 - 1974) - Gold Life Saving Medal and other awards for rescuing the crew of the "Florida" in 1929

Hermann Historica GmbH

November 2, 2016
Munich, Germany

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Description: The Lifesaving Medal in heavy, solid gold issue with a lifesaving scene in high relief and the inscription "United States of America", as well as the Congressional award institution date 20 June 1874, reverse inscription engraved "To Harry Manning for heroic daring in rescuing crew of Italian SS Florida - January 23, 1929". The pinned hanger and eagle-headed clasp in gold. Red ribbed silk ribbon (incorrect?). Diameter 44.8 mm, weight 129 g. Also, a toned 20-carat gold medal of the "Life Saving Benevolent Association of New York", founded 1849, with dedication engraving "Presented to Harry Manning Chief Officer of the Steamship 'America' in recognition of his humanity and courage in commanding the life-boat and rescuing the entire crew of thirty-two men from the Steamship 'Florida' in a gale and high sea. Mid Atlantic Ocean. January 23, 1929". Edge is punched "Tiffany & Co. Makers - 20 KT. Gold". Non-wearable award. Diameter 51.5 mm, weight 64.19 g. A 10-carat commemorative gold medal from the City of New York, obverse the New York City coat of arms and inscription "Mayor's Committee - The City of New York", the smooth reverse is engraved "Presented to Chief Officer Harry Manning by Honorable James J. Walker - Mayor of the City of New York - Jan. 28th 1929 - commemorating the rescue of the crew of the S.S. Florida". Punched "D.& C.", "10 KT.', and "Dieges and Clust", on a red, white and blue piece of ribbon section. Diameter 45 mm, weight 27.28 g. A 14-carat golden Honour Medal "Onore al Merito - Il Progresso Italo-Americano" faintly signed "F. de Caro, N.Y.", the reverse engraved "To Chief Officer Harry Manning - Hero of the rescue of the Florida Crew - New York City Jan. 26. 29", punched on the edge "14 K". On a tricolour ribbon, diameter 32.5 mm, weight 22.46 g. An Italian silver medal "Al Valore di Marina", die stamp cutter signature "Ferraris", reverse engraved "Oceano Atlantico - 23 Gennaio 1929 - Manning Harry". Diameter 34 mm, weight 18.82 g (with ribbon). A French silver medal of the Chamber of Commerce, Cherbourg, French punch marks on the edge, reverse engraved "Harry Manning America", diameter 50 mm, weight 61.66 g. Harry Manning, born in Hamburg, moved to New York in 1907 with his parents. At the age of 16, he already attended the New York Nautical School and quickly built up a civil maritime career. As Chief Officer of SS America, he rescued 32 members of the Italian freighter "Florida" risking his own life, the disabled boat ran into heavy seas and was about to sink. In 1937, Harry Manning was engaged by the legendary pilot Amelia Earhart as navigator during her flight around the world - they had already met in 1928 on the SS President Roosevelt as Earhardt was on her way back from her transatlantic flight. in 1952, he became Commodore of the United States Lines fleet and being first captain of SS United States, he broke new records in transatlantic crossings.
Condition Report: I -
Notes: Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika
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