Product Description: This Army Jäger Sleeve Shield is a great example of a rare and desirable piece of Heer cloth insignia. It is likely prewar production, and features a central Heer eagle and swastika emblem, flanked with detailed unit standards with the green color of the Jäger/Gebirgsjäger units, surmounting an oak leaves emblem. This very ornate design is beautifully worked in rayon and aluminum wire, in “Bevo” type machine weaving. The dark bottle green shield is on a medium green rayon backing. The reverse of this Army Jäger Sleeve Shield allows a look at how these patches were woven. There are no stains or holes, no damage, and only very minor fraying on the lower edge of the backing, that does not come close to the shield itself. It has never been sewn on a uniform and doesn’t appear to have ever been folded. These patches are not common and this Jäger/Gebirgsjäger patch is among the more desirable branch colors. This one is a textbook original, in excellent condition.
Historical Description: Trooped unit flags were an important part of ceremonial regalia for every German military, paramilitary and civil organization. In parades and rallies, the flag would be carried by a person appointed as standard bearer, a position of honor. As an external indicator of his prestigious role, the standard bearer would be adorned with a variety of regalia including, in many organizations, the standard bearer sleeve shield. This sleeve shield was generally a cloth patch that would be worn on the uniform at all times, not only when the standard bearer was performing his function. Standard bearer sleeve patches usually bore organizational emblems and sometimes had colors or numerals that designated the wearer’s branch of service or his specific unit. Because the standard bearer sleeve patch served a ceremonial function, it was generally attractively designed for visual impact. The total number of standard bearers in most organizations was relatively few compared to other roles, so the standard bearer insignia was generally made in limited numbers, and most types are rare to find today.
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