Bramley-Moore medal for saving life at sea, Liverpool, England, 1872-1873
The Liverpool Shipwreck and Humane Society awarded the Bramley-Moore medal for saving life at sea. It was named after a rich Liverpool trader. The medal is made of silver with a blue ribbon and it was made in 1872, so this is a very early example. The exact circumstances that led to this particular medal being awarded are unknown. The Liverpool Shipwreck and Humane Society formed in 1839, following the occurrence of a terrible hurricane. It caused many wrecks and the loss of over 100 lives during two days and two nights of the 7th and 8th January of that year. As there was no money to help those affected, a public fund was established which resulted in the formation of the society. It continues to award medals and certificates for bravery. The Bramley-Moore medal has been awarded only once in Gold, 22 times in Silver and 17 times in Bronze.
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Small pieces of metal, usually gold, silver, or bronze, bearing a relief design on one or both sides and having a commemorative purpose; not used as a medium of exchange. Medals may also be created to commemorate individuals or events or even as works of artistic expression in their own right.
Glossary: life saving