Shoulder patches

Object Number: 
INV.7475ff-hh
Date: 
1940-1950
Medium: 
Wool, rayon
Dimensions: 
largest: 6 x 4 1/4 x 1/8 in. ( 15.2 x 10.8 x 0.3 cm )
Description: 
Shield-shaped felt patches; two are black and one navy; all have white rayon eagle at top, perched over a propeller; and varying numbers of red felt chevrons at bottom of patch; two of the patches have two and three chevrons respectively; other has three chevrons with a curved stripe connected to the top chevron, with the propeller between the stripe and the chevron.
Gallery Label: 
These patches were worn by members of an Army or Navy corps on the left upper sleeve of their uniform jackets. Two chevrons indicate a corporal, and three a sergeant. The curved stripe denotes a staff sergeant.
Credit Line: 
Bequest of Henry O. Havemeyer, 1966
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group