Chevrons

Object Number: 
INV.7472f-h
Date: 
1918-1940
Medium: 
Wool, cotton
Dimensions: 
largest: 5 1/2 x 3 1/4 x 1/8 in. ( 14 x 8.3 x 0.3 cm )
Description: 
Three olive-drab felt patches with varying numbers of chevrons at top; two of the patches have two and three brown chevrons respectively; the other has three olive chevrons, and a curved stripe at bottom; all have a gold thread vertical propeller in center, flanked by wing on both sides.
Gallery Label: 
These chevrons were worn by members of the U.S. Army Air Service, which was the precursor of the Air Force. Two chevrons indicate a corporal, and three denote a sergeant. The curved stripe on the other patch probably indicates a staff sergeant.
Credit Line: 
Bequest of Henry O. Havemeyer
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group