badge, trade, American, US Navy Petty Officer 3rd class Gunner's Mate rating badge
A black cotton irregular pentagon with square top and pointed bottom. Upon the black field is a white embroidered eagle with outstretched wings looking to its left wing, 4.6cm in height. Below the eagle are two crossed ship's guns with barrels uppermost. Below this is a single red chevrons.
The badge has no backing material.
These black ratings badges were issued to be worn on the 'blue' uniform.
This badge would have been worn by seamen on the right arm between shoulder and elbow.
The badge was worn from 1885 to current.