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Shoulder patches

Object Number: 
INV.7462a-f
Date: 
1940-1950
Medium: 
Rayon
Dimensions: 
largest: 3 1/2 x 2 5/8 x 1/8 in. ( 8.9 x 6.7 x 0.3 cm )
Marks: 
sewn: "AIRBORNE"
Description: 
Blue, black, and red rayon patches; most are shield-shaped, with one circular and one square; embroidered with various designs of wings, eagles, unicorns, and eagle talons; all patches have a curved stripe attached to top embroidered with "AIRBORNE".
Gallery Label: 
These patches were worn by members of U.S. Army Airborne Divisions, on the upper left sleeve of their uniform jackets.
Credit Line: 
Bequest of Henry O. Havemeyer, 1966
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group