Item #18303 Early US Army Parachutist William P. Yarborough Original Designs of Parachutist Badge. William Yarborough.
Early US Army Parachutist William P. Yarborough Original Designs of Parachutist Badge

Early US Army Parachutist William P. Yarborough Original Designs of Parachutist Badge


This lot of original artwork related to the creation of the Army Parachutist Badge, which was designed in 1941 by Captain (later Lieutenant General) William P. Yarborough and approved by the Department of the Army in March of that year. Features an original sketch by Yarborough of the badge, accomplished in graphite on an off-white 6.75 x 9.25 sheet, an original hand-painted design of the Parachutist Badge, accomplished in graphite, ink, and watercolor on an off-white 5.5 x 4.25 sheet, which is mounted and framed to an overall size of 12.25 x 11.75. Yarborough annotated the sketch: “This is what the original sketch of the parachute badge looked like. It was one of several I proposed. It was officially approved by the Secretary of War on 10 March 1941. William P. Yarborough, Lt. Gen. USA (Ret), 17 Sept 94.”The frame backing is also annotated in black ink by Yarborough, who signs within the text: “Artists rendition of Parachute badge design, done at Recruiting Publicity Bureau, Governor’s Island NY at direction of Colonel LeRoy W. Yarborough who headed that Bureau during World War II years. Original design from which the above was copied, done by then Captain William P. Yarborough, 501st Parachute Battalion in 1941-2.” Also includes a newspaper clipping recording the creation of the Parachutist badge from a Delaware newspaper, as well as typed signed memo by where Yarborough declares the following regarding his design: ‘Of heraldic significance there is little other than the following: Wings in the raised position supporting the chute symbolize the fact that we are transported by air, but not wings of our own, or by our own planes. The wings are not in an active flying attitude, which is symbolic of our gliding or floating to our objective.’ Yarborough was a senior United States Army officer (1912-2005) who designed the U.S. Army's parachutist badge, paratrooper or 'jump' boots, and the airborne jump uniform. He is known as the ‘Father of the Modern Green Berets.’ Yarborough volunteered for the airborne forces and joined the newly formed 501st Parachute Battalion in late 1940 and was given command of Company ‘C.’ Later, as Test Officer for the Provisional Parachute Group in 1941, he designed the paratrooper's boot, the paratrooper's uniform, the parachutist badge, and airborne background trimming, as well as a number of aerial delivery containers for which he received U. S. patents. In overall fine condition, with some light toning and scattered marks.

Item #18303

Price: $5,500.00

See all items in Americana, Art, Military
See all items by