• Apr 1st, 2011

PATTERNS EMERGE

When you start to look at things long enough patterns start to emerge. This week it’s chevrons. They seem to be everywhere…

*Detail of the under collar of a British Army khaki tunic.

*Sleeve detail on a 19th century French Pompier’s jacket.

*US Army Staff Sergeant stripes.

*British Army standard pattern for a Corporal rank chevron.

*Stencilled chevrons on a US Marine Corps herringbone jacket.

*Detail of a sprung Crown Zip with distinctive chevron teeth on an A2 leather jacket.

The humble chevron has a long and chequered history. The word and shape derive from it’s usage in the ancient art of heraldry. Subsequently the chevron was adapted as military insignia in some form or other, usually denoting rank, or as an identification marker. For such a simple geometric device it has a lot of meaning.

Perhaps next week we’ll be seeing spots instead!

Words Simon

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