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Trusty Shellback Medal with Ribbon - Engravable

Item Number: 79999
Product Type:  Full Size Medal
Size: 1 1/2 inch x 3 3/4 inch (39mm x 94mm) Round
Material: Bronze Antique
Price: $30.00
This product is proudly minted in the United States of America

Trusty Shellback Medal with Ribbon - Engravable

For centuries mariners were proven worthy by the sea and their mates for “crossing the line” – serving aboard a sailing vessel as it navigated across the equator. Having done so, they became subjects of the Kingdom of Neptune.

Today, sailors of every category – from naval to commercial to yachtie to tourist – can still become a true Son of Neptune. This Shellback medallion will declare their glorious corroboration, trumpeting their acceptance into Neptune’s court.

In the early tides of sailing, intersecting the equator proved a perilous endeavor, replete with ruthless seas, uncharted shoals, storms, disease, infection, and endless days away from home and hearth. Those aboard who had yet never crossed the equator – Polliwogs – became Shellbacks, not just by crossing the equator, but by dint of surviving a grueling rite-of-passage ceremony during the crossing.

To this day, sailors sustain the long-revered Crossing the Line ceremony with a less dangerous - but no less meaningful - initiation. On the day of the crossing, after often-embarrassing and toilsome rites and shenanigans, “Neptunus Rex” holds court with his Royal Court, whose members – such as Davy Jones, Her Highness Amphitrite, the Royal Scribe, and the Royal Baby – offer aid to judge and inaugurate Wogs into the Solemn Mysteries of the Ancient Order of the Deep.

From a Slimy Polliwog to a Trusty Shellback – hard-won admittance into the Kingdom of Neptune deserves celebration and acknowledgement.

Minted in the U.S., this medal acknowledges that all who possess it belong to the Ancient Order of the Deep. The antique bronze bar bears the moniker “SHELLBACK” from which a black satin ribbon hangs, imprinted with skull and crossbones. The obverse of the bronze medallion features the Roman god of the sea, Neptune, with his trident and “seahorses.” The reverse is adorned with a kraken thrusting a sailing ship up from the sea beneath which is an area suitable for recording the time, date, latitude, and longitude of an honorable equator crossing. “ANCIENT ORDER OF THE DEEP” and “TRUSTY SHELLBACK” encircle the perimeter of the medallion.

We are sorry to inform you that at this time we are no longer offering engraving services. We recommend you take any pieces to your local Trophy & Award shop, or retailers that specialize in engravable products such as "Things Remembered", and they will be able to engrave our products for you.

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