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Seldom seen anywhere for sale or trade are the rating badges of the United States Coast & Geodetic Survey. Here is a page from the 1926 "Regulations Governing the Uniforms of the U.S. Coast & Geodetic Survey." It so happens I have a number of USC&GS rates' illustrations in full colour showing variations of embroidery, these as I recall are mainly those rated as chief petty officers. thumbsup.gif Sarge Booker of Tujunga, California (hhbooker2@yahoo.com)

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Seldom seen anywhere for sale or trade are the rating badges of the United States Coast & Geodetic Survey. Here is a page from the 1926 "Regulations Governing the Uniforms of the U.S. Coast & Geodetic Survey." It so happens I have a number of USC&GS rates' illustrations in full colour showing variations of embroidery, these as I recall are mainly those rated as chief petty officers. thumbsup.gif Sarge Booker of Tujunga, California (hhbooker2@yahoo.com)

Only one of those that I've picked up:

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Wanted: USN Liberty Cuffs, vintage bullion rating badges, pre-1914 rating badges and vintage USN Police style Badges.
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Only one of those that I've picked up:

 

 

DAN: Nice USC&GS rate for a Assistant to Engineer (a/k/a Machinist's Mate). think.gif Here is a Chief Boatswain's Mate rate.

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While these are not rates, they are the branch and rank insignia worn by officers of the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey in the First World War when these devices were worn on the high collars if the white and khaki service coats. Commissioned officers had a horizontal gold fouled anchor with a silver disc with a gold triangle in the centre. Chief Engineers had a gold ship's screw of three blades in gold with the silver circle with a gold triangle. Surgeons wore a gold caduceus of a pair of snakes interwined on a winged staff with a silver circle and gold triangle in the centre. Watch Officers and Mates wore a pair of gold binoculars with the silver circle and gold triangle. Deck Officers wore the silver circle with gold triangle alone without other device below it. These devices were worn on the lower sleeve of the winter navy blue double-breasted Navy sack coat with gold lace stripes 1/4" below. Between the stripes were coloured velvet cloth: light blue for Engineers, dark maroon for Surgeons, and dark brown for Mates and Watch Officers. ermm.gif

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Only one of those that I've picked up:

That's a really great piece of insignia! First one I've ever seen (and I'm always looking).

Kurt


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That's a really great piece of insignia! First one I've ever seen (and I'm always looking).

Kurt

Thanks, Kurt.

I beat out board member Garth Thompson by about 30 seconds on this piece at an Alabama show.

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Book Link: U.S. Navy Tailor-Made Dress Blues, Liberty Cuffs, and Sailor Folk Art

Wanted: USN Liberty Cuffs, vintage bullion rating badges, pre-1914 rating badges and vintage USN Police style Badges.
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I think the bottom patch with the triangle within a circle is U.S. Coast & Geodetic Survey. Not 100% sure on that one tho. :think:


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Hi,

I thought I would share these rates and marks with you. You rarely see the rating badges and I'm not sure about the marks. I don't know a whole lot about the marks but was told the Gold bullion are for officers, Silver bullion for cpo's and red triangle ones are for below cpo. Not sure what the other two are for or are they just variations?

 

2nd class coxswain

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2nd class boatswain mate

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1st class bullion cook

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Now the marks. Please if you have any other info on these please post it!

 

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Very cool.

 

I have never come across any of these in the flesh so to speak. I have only seen them in books.

 

-Jay


I collect pre-1948 US Navy rates, and WWII US Navy enlisted uniforms and equipment.


Wanted: items related to VPB-103, USN jumpers with USMC SSI and USMC uniforms with navy insignia.



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Let me see what I can dig up.

 

RC


"It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts."

*Sherlock Holmes in "A Scandal in Bohemia"*

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You're right the gold insignia are for officers and the silver are for CPOs. The red triangles are for civilian volunteers. The last two are for enlisted men below CPO.

 

-Jay


I collect pre-1948 US Navy rates, and WWII US Navy enlisted uniforms and equipment.


Wanted: items related to VPB-103, USN jumpers with USMC SSI and USMC uniforms with navy insignia.



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I know I have a fairly nice image of an enlisted man around somewhere that was purchased for a "project"; I just don't know what I did with it..


"It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts."

*Sherlock Holmes in "A Scandal in Bohemia"*

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This is from Jeff Warner's US Navy Uniforms in WWII volume 6.

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-Jay


I collect pre-1948 US Navy rates, and WWII US Navy enlisted uniforms and equipment.


Wanted: items related to VPB-103, USN jumpers with USMC SSI and USMC uniforms with navy insignia.



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Thanks for the help and comments guys. This was the only thing I could find.

It looks like the white rating badge is pre ww2 and maybe the blue non bullion rate. But I think the bullion rate is ww2 era.

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Back pic of bullion cook

 

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Here is the 1945 "National Geographic" page on the USCGS:

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Thanks for the info Justin B and Jay! Justin B that article is very helpfull!

 

Thanks again guys!

 

Jason


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Oh those are nice, and scarce as a hen's tooth.


 

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Wow! I have never seen such an assortment of USC&G insignia.


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I'll echo the others, very rare, hard to find!


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Jason,

You sure do come up with some unusual stuff!


On the lookout for Pre-WWI Navy Uniforms


"It's not a mannequin, it's a display form torso!"

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