Product Description: This is an excellent, unissued Flag Bearer Sleeve Shield for an Army soldier in the Artillery branch. It is “Bevo” machine woven, on a field gray rayon backing. The center of this Flag Bearer Sleeve Shield depicts a German Army eagle and swastika organizational emblem, surmounting an oak leaf cluster, and flanked on both sides by detailed depictions of German Army unit standards, in the red color of the Artillery branch. The shield is very neatly woven with a combination of rayon thread and aluminum wire. There are no holes or stains, no damage to note other than some extremely minor, minimal “pulls” to the woven thread in a few spots, which may just be how this piece came off the loom. It has never been folded, never sewn to a uniform. This Flag Bearer Sleeve Shield is an attractive, representative example of a hard to find and very desirable piece of German Army ceremonial regalia.
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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