Shoulder patches

Object Number: 
INV.7475yyyy-bbbbb
Date: 
1940-1950
Medium: 
Wool, rayon
Dimensions: 
largest: 5 1/2 x 3 3/4 x 1/8 in. ( 14 x 9.5 x 0.3 cm )
Description: 
Shield-shaped black felt patches; all have white rayon eagle at top, perched over three lightning bolts pierced by arrow; and varying numbers of red felt chevrons at bottom of patch; three of the patches have one, two, and three chevrons respectively; the other has three chevrons with a curved stripe connected to the top chevron, with the bolts and arrow between the stripe and the chevron.
Gallery Label: 
These patches were worn by members of an Army or Navy corps on the upper left sleeve of their uniform jackets. One chevron indicates a private first class, two 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