Step 1 of 13: The base of the medal is made by striking a brass blank. Next
Step 2 of 13: After creating the blanks, employees anneal and re-strike the piece. Previous | Next
Step 3 of 13: The piece is trimmed before being pierced where the anchor assembly will be attached. Previous | Next
Step 4 of 13: Two holes drilled in the top allow the attachment of the anchor. Previous | Next
Step 5 of 13: The Medal is dipped to apply a coat of antique finish to the Medal. Previous | Next
Step 6 of 13: After the antiquing process, the Medal is hand-finished and polished. Previous | Next
Step 7 of 13: Finally, the Medal is sprayed with lacquer before the suspension assembly is attached. Previous | Next
Step 8 of 13: Artisans use an 85/15 brass blank to create the anchor for the suspension assembly. Previous | Next
Step 9 of 13: After they blank and strike the anchor, they trim and pierce the blank. Previous | Next
Step 10 of 13: After piercing the anchor, rings are soldered to the back, adjacent to the anchor hooks. Previous | Next
Step 11 of 13: The staff cuts 27.5-inch lengths of ribbon and turns back the ends for 1/4 inch edges. Previous | Next
Step 12 of 13: The anchor suspension piece is attached to the Medal. Previous | Next
Step 13 of 13: After stitching the ribbon, the staff attaches snaps, the metal suspension piece and pad. Previous | Next
Finally each Medal, along with bar and rosette, is packaged and boxed for the next recipient. Previous
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