I received an item of special significance to me today, a purple heart I picked up. The heart has serial number 453287, a type II award (1942-1943) manufactured by The Robbins Company.
I was shooting for getting a WW2 issued purple heart, and I discovered that's not exactly easy to nail down since so many were made for the Japan invasion that weren't needed after dropping the bombs, that surplus was used for decades following the war. Looking at previous entries on this forum, I found one with a serial number on it in the range I believe another that was identified as being from WW2 was also within. I believe this is also called a slot brooch, which to my understanding is in its favor for a WW2 heart. So, I hope I did pretty good here.
In any event, it's an honor and special privilege to have a purple heart in my care now, which kicks off my USA collection and a new folder in my image archive, finally.
Edit: Added some maker and year info to the above information, that I just found from this site, which seems to have a good deal of info on these medals:
Purple Heart History