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Discussion in 'Medals, Insignia, Badges & Recalls' started by SM Baker, Dec 4, 2018 at 4:22 PM.

  1. SM Baker

    SM Baker New Member

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    Greetings from Hull, MA,
    This is my grandfather's Purple Heart. I wonder if someone can tell if the black marks are loss of gilding or surface debris. I have looked through a glass, but just can't disern what is going on. I hope it is dirt, but have been wary of trying anything more than wiping with a cloth.
    Secondly, is it unusual for a Purple Heart to have the date and location of the wounds received? All the examples I have seen online have the name, or name and rank.
    So glad to have found this site! Purple Heart 1.jpg Purple Heart Reverse.jpg
    Thanks! View attachment 29652 View attachment 29653
     
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    I think the plating is coming off. The engraving could have been done by a jewler. Is it a sewn drape? Pinback? Clutchback? Rich A. in Pa.
     
  3. SM Baker

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    Morning, Rich,
    I was afraid the plating was coming off. Not sure about the drape. Could you tell me what to look for so as to determine style? I think he would have received it late Dec '43-early '44.
    Thanks!
    ADD: If done by a jeweler, would he have received a blank?
    ADD: Found this great site: Purple Heart History
    It is Navy Type I
     
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    What I mean is the ribbon sewn onto the pin mount.Or is it wrapped around a bar. If a jeweler did it he got a blank. Is it numbered? Rich A. in Pa.
     
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    Hi Rich,
    The drape is wrapped around a bar. It is not numbered.
     

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