Ida Lewis Ring - For the "bravest women in America," from the collection of the Newport Historical Society
Newport Historical Society

Ida Lewis Ring - For the "bravest women in America," from the collection of the Newport Historical Society

Regular price $ 225.00

A handcrafted reproduction, made in Rhode Island, of Newport heroine Ida Lewis's ring. 

Called the "Bravest Woman in America" for her daring rescues off Limerock Lighthouse, Idawalley Zorada Lewis-Wilson (1842 - 1911) garnered national attention and earned the Gold Lifesaving Medal in 1881, becoming the first woman to receive this honor.

Her first rescue was at the age of 12, and as word of her lifesaving efforts spread, thousands came to Newport to meet her, including President Ulysses S. Grant, Vice-President Schuyler Colfax, General William Tecumseh Sherman, and Admiral George Dewey.  In addition, members of the Women's suffrage movement, including Elizabeth Cady Stanton, came to visit her and used her as an example of the inherent strength of women. Her last rescue was at the age of 63.

C-SPAN has a 12-minute profile of Lewis, "The Life and Legacy of Ida Lewis," which was filmed in Newport in October 2017 and includes an interview with Johnson and Wales professor Marian Gagnon.

More information on Lewis is at the website of the Ida Lewis Yacht Club in Newport and on her Wikipedia page

The original ring was donated to the Newport Historical Society by Mrs. Esther Fisher Benson and is inscribed on the inside, "Robert to Ida." 

For the reproduction, iolite stones were cut to match the unique shape of the saphires in the original ring and are surrounded by delicate freshwater pearls.

In two of the photos, the reproduction is shown to the left of the reproduction.

The ring is available in vermeil or can be custom made in 14k gold. (Please allow an additional two to three weeks.)

Your ring will be shipped directly from Newport Historical Society and should be sent out within a few days.  (The 14k gold ring requires an additional two to four weeks. If you order this version now, you would receive it after Christmas.)

If you purchase other items from The History List Store or from other historic sites and organizations, they will be shipped separately, but you will only be charged one shipping fee.

The Newport Historical Society in Newport, Rhode Island preserves historical artifacts and educates the public about the history of Newport County and its pre-eminent place in American history. Learn more about Newport Historical Society here. 

The ring is made by by Baxter Fine Jewelry's in-house Design Center. 

 

 

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Size Chest Body Length Sleeve Length
Small 19 28 9.25
Medium 20.5 29 9.5
Large 22 30 9.75
XL 23.5 31 10
2XL 25 32 10.25
3XL 28 33 10.5

Measurement Notes:
Sleeve length measured from shoulder edge.

Care Instructions:
Machine wash cold. Do not bleach. Tumble dry low.

Short-sleeves

Size Chest Body Length Sleeve Length
Small 38 28 9.25
Medium 41 29 9.5
Large 44 30 9.75
XL 47 31 10
2XL 50 32 10.25
3XL 56 33 10.5

 Long-sleeves

Size Chest Body Length
Small 38 28
Medium 41 29
Large 44 30
XL 48 31
2XL 52 32

Measurement Notes:
Sleeve length measured from shoulder edge.

Care Instructions:
Machine wash cold. Do not bleach. Tumble dry low.

Size Chest Body Length Sleeve Length
Small 20 26.5 24.38
Medium 22 27.5 24.63
Large 24 28.5 24.25
XL 26 29.5 24
2XL 28 30 23.75
3XL 30 30.5 23.5

Measurement Notes:
Sleeve length measured from shoulder edge.

Care Instructions:
Machine wash cold. Do not bleach. Tumble dry low.

Size Chest Body Length Sleeve Length
Small 31.5 26.5 6.38
Medium 33.5 27 6.63
Large 35.5 27.5 6.88
XL 38.5 28 7.13
2XL 41.5 28.5 7.38

Measurement Notes:
Sleeve length measured from shoulder edge.

Care Instructions:
Machine wash cold. Do not bleach. Tumble dry low.

Size Body Width Body Length
XS 15.6 26.5
Small 16.1 26.75
Medium 17.25 27.25
Large 18.38 27.88
XL 19.88 28.5
2XL 21.38 29.13

 

Care Instructions:
Machine wash cold. Do not bleach. Tumble dry low.

Size Chest Body Length Sleeve Length
Small 19 28 9.25
Medium 20.5 29 9.5
Large 22 30 9.75
XL 24 31 10
2XL 26 32 10.25
3XL 28 33 10.5

Measurement Notes:
Sleeve length measured from shoulder edge.

Care Instructions:
Machine wash cold. Do not bleach. Tumble dry low.

Size Chest Body Length Sleeve Length
Medium 17 22 7
Large 18.5 23.5 7.25
XL 20 25 7.5

Measurement Notes:
Sleeve length measured from shoulder edge.

Care Instructions:
Machine wash cold. Do not bleach. Tumble dry low.

Size Chest Body Length Sleeve Length
Small 18 28 8.13
Medium 20 29 8.38
Large 22 30 8.63
XL 24 31 8.88
2XL 26 33 9.63
3XL 28 34 10.13
4XL 30 35 10.63
5XL 32 36 11.13
6XL 34 37 9.75

Measurement Notes:
Sleeve length measured from shoulder edge.

Care Instructions:
Machine wash cold. Do not bleach. Tumble dry low.