In Lest We Forget: Masterpieces of Patriotic Jewelry and Military Decorations, author Judith Price provides true tales behind some 150 military medals, pins and more.
The slideshow below features 10 of the book's most beautiful and interesting pieces, honoring outstanding military service around the world, from U.S. Civil War soldiers to valiant rescue animals in World War I to American civilians working toward victory on the WWII homefront. The 160-page book is set for release on Veterans Day, November 11, 2011.
1861 Fort Sumter Decoration
Country: United States
Materials: Gold medallion, enamel, braided silk insert
This "memory" broach was created by Tiffany & Co. to honor General Robert Anderson’s service in defense of Fort Sumter, South Carolina, where the first shots of the Civil War were fired. Against all orders, outnumbered and outgunned, Anderson and 140 men defended Fort Sumter against the Confederates for four months, until finally forced to surrender and evacuate on April 13, 1861. — Courtesy West Point Museum Collection1 of 10
Photo captions adapted from Lest We Forget: Masterpieces of Patriotic Jewelry and Military Decorations, by Judith Price (Taylor Trade Publishing).