badge, trade, American, US Navy Chief Petty Officer Machinist's Mate rating badge
A black wool irregular pentagon with square top and pointed bottom. Upon the black field is a silver bullion embroidered eagle with outstretched wings looking to its right wing, 4.8cm in height. Below the eagle is a three-bladed ship's propeller in dulled silver bullion. Below this is are three gold lace chevrons, the top chevron having a gold lace arc attached. The arc and top chevron enclose the crossed hammers and the top of the arc sits behind the perch, talons and tail of the eagle.
The badge has white and black cotton 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 left arm between shoulder and elbow.
The badge was worn from 1904 to current.
These gold lace badges were worn by chief petty officers who had received three good conduct awards.