Camouflage parachute silk made into a triangular scarf with bold jump wings embroidered on it. 82nd AB used.
This camouflaged parachute silk was altered for use as a scarf, and the owner had a bold 4 3/4 inch oval embroidered upon it. The work looks like Italian embroidery, and therefore confirms the story that accompanied the scarf that it was worn by a soldier in the 82nd Airborne Division, who had served during in several campaigns in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations.
Not a perfect triangle, with the bottom edge being approximately 46 inches and side of approximately 3 feet. Several rows of stitching along each edge suggest a bit of “rigger” assistance in the alterations. The jump wings are done in a white silk.
When I acquired this piece, I was told the story of the 82nd connection, but no concrete history to confirm it, however the combination of parachute silk, and Italian embroidered airborne jump wings made it al plausible.
Condition after period alteration and use; fine.
A great WWII display piece.