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    U.S. Navy vintage rating badges, distinguishing marks, liberty cuffs and vintage Navy Police Petty Officer / MAA and Shore Patrol metal badges.

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  1. Looking into this premise using Aviation Machinist's Mate and Pharmacist's Mate might be enlightening.
  2. I differentiate between patterns (as defined by John Stacey) and self prioritize those by color of materials available. Starting in the 1930s, 1940s and after, the range of materials you find in USN rating badges almost requires you become somewhat of a cloth materials expert. I know Steve is somewhat of a materials expert.
  3. Yeomanette is an informal and incorrect reference to these women, the proper identification in this time period is Yeoman (F). -dan
  4. Nothing abnormal in that. The "dates" on the back of many rating badges from 1936-48 (according to John Stacey), were contract dates. The manufacturer would have been producing other specialty rating badges on that contract and just added any new specialty as it came into use. There of many examples of where manufacturers jumped the gun and produced hundreds of a proposed specialty that did not come into official use (think Yeoman, Aviation or Storekeeper, Technical.)
  5. Thanks, David. I've added to my files. What is the specialty of your second one? Does that WAVES Radarman mark look modified to you? Radioman with added arrow?
  6. Specialist U was WAVES specific (Utility (V-10) Stewardess) 1943; Utility (V-10) 1943-48. In addition, the majority I've run across of Specialist Q (Communications Security; Communications Specialist; Cryptographer) have been WAVES rating badges, but not singularly WAVES usage.
  7. WAVES medical, plus a couple of comments on WAVES and rating badges. During WWI (Yeomanetts) and early WWII (WAVES) wore full (male) sized USN rating badges. I have yet to find an "applied chevrons" WAVES rating badge. All have been embroidered chevrons. Anyone else find this to be the case?
  8. There was some prior discussion about WAVES rating badges. I took a look and was surprised at how many WAVES rating badges I have in my collection. A couple of the Specialist/Emergency Service Ratings were WAVES specific.
  9. https://www.uniform-reference.net/insignia/usn/usn_ww2_enlisted.html I love Justin B's pages. Just for S&Gs, I think I'll try a Machinist's Mate (propeller) family tree. Also, Signalman and Quartermaster could get a little messy.
  10. Let me know if you feel any changes are needed in my rating specialties check list. http://navycollector.com/Navy Images/__Rating_Badges_w-mark_Clean.pdf
  11. This post is the opposite of a rare/scarce non-bullion rating badge. In my 30 years of collecting USN rating badges the most common chief petty officer rating specialty I've encountered is that of Chief Aviation Machinist's Mate. Much more common that even another two CPO rating badges I run across routinely, the chief Boatswain's Mate and chief Yeoman.
  12. Thanks for the comments, Fritz. I'm glad my old "check off" sheets were of use. I would expect anyone could modify this starting draft to meet their own definitions and collecting needs.
  13. Boatswain's Mate 3c, 1898 usage, from Hampton Roads Naval Museum. Note "x" stitching usage.
  14. Like the guard. These are very rare. Some might mislabel them as kiddie/middie rates.
  15. At first glance most would believe this rating badge is for a Chief Storekeeper. Actually, the Storekeeper rating did not exist until 1916. This rating badge was for Chief Yeoman from 1905-1916 (*until 1913 in red chevrons on white background). USN Yeoman rating history is shown in the below photograph. Also, note, truly rare chief Yeoman, 1893 on blue material.(Thanks, CTI1610, beautiful find)
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