A Purple Heart medal and case awarded posthumously to Tuskegee Airmen 2 Lt. James McCullin.
A Purple Heart medal. The medal is purple and heart-shaped with a gold border. There is a raised profile of George Washington in the center of the medal. At the top of the medal there is a small white shield with three red stars above two red horizontal lines. On either side of the shield is a green vine with leaves. There is a purple ribbon with white border attached to the medal at the top. On the back of the medal is the inscription: [FOR / MILITARY / MERIT/ JAMES L. / MCCULLIN]. The dedication is in raised gold letters and the name is etched into the medal.
A case for a Purple Heart. The outside of the case is dark-colored with gold-colored designs along edges. The top of the case also has gold-colored designs creating two squares. The case opens to a 90 degree angle from hinges on the back short edge. In center of the top of the case gold letters read: [PURPLE HEART]. The interior of the case is lined with yellow fabric. The fabric in the top part of the case looks like satin and the bottom part of the case the fabric looks like velvet.
Copper alloy boxing championship belt with presentation case awarded to Ezzard Charles in 1948. Consists of large central plate and four plates either side. Central plate has circular photo of Ezzard Charles above which is an eagle with outstretched wings flanked on both sides by US, British and what might be French flags. Flags are enameled. The top of the plate has detached circular element with clear colored stones (possible paste or glass) encompassing the head of a wolf. The eagle carries a banner that reads [POLICE GAZETTE HEAVY WEIGHT CHAMPION PRIZE RING BELT OF THE WORLD]. At bottom of the central plate is a banner that reads [PRESENTED BY H. H. ROSWELL POLICE GAZETTE / 1948].
Looking left of the central plate the first plate depicts a boxer in raised relief, next is an English rose, next is a US shield with eagle and the final plate is engraved with previous recipients of the award. Attached to the final plate is a clasp with two holes for fastening the belt. Looking right of central plate depicted in raised relief is another boxer, next is the Scottish thistle, followed by the Irish harp and the final plate is engraved with previous winner of this award. Attached to the final plate is the other half of the clasp with two raised stubs that coincide with the holes on the other half. The plates are joined together with hinges with long barrels, blunt at the top and pointed at the bottom.
The exterior of the case is black with three closing clasps and a central handle. Interior is lined with dark blue vinyl/paper and purple velvet and there are four pairs of Cu alloy straps that would have been wrapped in velvet and used to hold belt in place.