Naval History and Heritage Command

Naval History and Heritage Command

1920 Antwerp Olympic Silver Medal of Carl T. Osburn

 



Title: Olympic Silver Medal of Carl T. Osburn from the 1920 Antwerp Olympics
Accession #: NHHC 2000-158-20
Circa: 1920
Size: 2.35"
Medium: Silver
Location: Headquarters Artifact Collection, Naval History and Heritage Command 

On the obverse, a tall, nude athlete holds in his left hand a palm leaf and a laurel crown, both symbols of victory. Behind him is the figure of the Renommée playing the trumpet. In the background is a frieze with a Greek motif and the inscription VII OLYMPIADE underneath. 

In the 1920 Antwerp Olympics, Osburn earned a silver medal in the 300m Team Free Rifle Standing event.



On the reverse, the Antwerp monument, commemorating the legend of Brabo throwing the hand of the giant Druoon Antigoon into the Scheldt. In the background, the cathedral and port of Antwerp. Along the top rim is the inscription ANVERS MCMXX. CT OSBORN is stamped above the image of the statue.

The legend says that in antiquity, the cruel giant Druoon Antigoon forced all vessels on the river to pay a toll. If the captain refused to pay, the giant cut off the captain's hand. The giant spread terror amongst the sailors for many long years, until the day he met Silvius Brabo. This courageous Roman soldier dared to take on the giant and succeeded in killing him. As revenge for his victims, he cut off the giant's hand and threw it into the river. This is where the name of the city comes from- "Antwerp" means "thrown hand." 

Published: Tue Jan 22 08:28:21 EST 2019