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David Minton

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    Pre 1985 Navy Rates and Distinguishing Marks.
    WWII Era Navy Uniforms
    W.A.V.E.S. Uniforms

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  1. Congratulations on joining the obscure world of US Navy rating badge collecting. The right facing rate with contract year looks fine and being right facing is correct for that contract year. From at least 1905 to May 1941 all rates were right facing. If I recall there were some left arm before that, but would need to consult my reference books as I don’t collect the earlier patterns. You are confusing the period from 1941 through 1948 when only seaman branch were right facing. After the 1948 change, all were left facing. ASMIC offers an excellent book on Navy Rates and Distinguishing Mark
  2. $20 is a fair price for an eight button SDB coat. With only a bullion rate they sell for maybe $20–$40, depending on the rate and size of the coat. If it is named, has additional patches, or a rare rate patch, the price can go much higher. This is likely a solid WWII example, so nice to have in a collection. I really like this style of coat, and own maybe eight of them. They are not widely collected at this time, hence the low cost. US Navy uniforms, particularly service dress have not changed much in the last 100 years, so there are not as many patterns to collect, which probably also inf
  3. It is left facing so from after May 1941. Rating badges are only worn on one sleeve. If the coat has eight gold buttons it is WWII era. If it has only six, it is from Kate WWII or later. That rating would have been worn on a Service Dress Blue sack coat. If it is on a real peacoat, it is non regulation, and probably not original to the coat. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Also, these were working uniforms that got washed a lot. For a jumper, there is a good chance the rate and hash marks to not be original when the uniform was issued, but added later in the war after promotion/time served. A faded 2c may have been removed after 1-2 years of use by the sailor (not suggested the seller made the change). When I showed mine to a dealer, he felt almost all the value was in the jumper anyway, and would have paid almost the same without any patches. I have no idea of value as I lucked into mine on a poorly titled eBay posting a few years back. Sent from my iPhone
  5. Of all the materials used for WWII USN uniforms, I find gray to be the only one wildly inconstant in color, even when new. I own a gray jumper myself, and my only hesitation is I have never seen one patched with anything but a Specialist S, but that is only anecdotal. I have not found the use of gray jumpers to be well documented. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. I will once I do the research. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. As I get toward ten years of collecting I have gotten far more selective in my purchases. If I already have a good example, do I need another? I have also avoided temptation to expand beyond collecting US sea services. While I still collect patches, now getting into documents and photos; truly unique items. Some of the collection gets pulled out from time to time though. I hope my kids take enough interest in it to fight over it when I’m gone. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. A dealer I know hits me up for help with US Navy rate patches, and shared this one with me the other day. It came as part of a 150,000 patch lot he recently acquired. I am completely stumped as I have never come across anything like this before. While the eagle looks USN from maybe 1930s, I couldn’t say with any certainty if it was even military. A guess is the letters are PNS, and abbreviation for Pxxxxxx Naval School or Nautical School. There was a Pennsylvania Nautical School during that period. Sorry for the photos, as the patch is sealed in plastic. Sent from my iPhone usin
  9. Not sure if it is only, but the Navy has published books that indicate which ships and units earned which awards for actions within sets of dates. It is pretty cryptic, but it is comprehensive. I have a copy from the early 1950s that covers all of WWII. A few hundred pages of very small type. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Other than material I’m not sure the officer SDB jacket has changed since WWII. The pants may have changed with difference in fashion but I have never checked. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Tags were used in WWII era. Did you check the tag inside the inside pocket for name/date. If it fits you did great, though stripped officer SDB uniforms don’t often sell for much. I bought a nice named WWII Brooks Brothers SDB for not much more. Not having to pay a fortune for alterations is the big score. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. The nine I just reposted are reduced size (just checked with the owner), so no mystery associated with this Apprentice Petty Officer rate. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Hard to tell from the photo, but looks like a mid 1930s to 1941 rate. Yeoman became a left facing rate in May, 1941. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. Someone posted these in response to my post on the ASMIC Facebook group. There is a Teleman, which would date that patch to 1948-56. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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