WW2 Period American Purple Heart Medal by Robbins Company Numbered 481316 with Original Case
Here on offer is a genuine WW2 period American Purple Heart Medal by Robbins Company with its original dark blue leatherette and gilt patterned case.
This fine example is stamped on the lower left edge with the number 481316.
Sadly, to my knowledge it is not possible to identify who was issued with this particular numbered example, as no database as such exists.
This number means the medal was made in 1942-1943 by the Robbins Company who made Purple Hearts with the number range 400000 to 600000.
The medal is made of bronze with gold gilt, enamel, and a polished phenolic resin heart with a slot brooch.
It still retains its original purple and gold edged ribbon.
The Purple Heart "Medal" was established in 1932 for the 200th anniversary of the birth of George Washington. Original criteria for award of the Purple Heart as published in the War Department Circular No. 6 of February 22, 1932 states that the medal be awarded to anyone serving in the Army who had received combat-related injuries or had received the AEF's Meritorious Service Citation Certificate during WWI. The new medal was retroactive to any soldier wounded from the Civil War on, eligible recipients were required to submit a formal application to the War Department for approval before the issuance of the medal.
The Purple Heart was not officially authorized for the Navy until 1942, sailors and Marines who had been wounded prior to 1932 were eligible to apply for the medal. Approximately 12,000 sailors and Marines were wounded between the Civil War and the Nicaragua Campaign of 1932.
The medal measures 1.4” (3.5cm) wide and weighs 36g.
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