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Rare Bird – Outside of Uniform Regulations

A few weeks ago, I touched on an aspect of rating badge collecting that focuses on those constructed with bullion-metallic thread. The post was primarily covering the design and aesthetic aspects rather... more

Silver Eagles – Navy Bullion Rates

Beautifully stitched with metallic thread or wound-metal elements overlaid onto crows, bullion navy rates have been in existence for more than a century. By 1913,  the U.S. Navy’s uniform regulations established that... more

Birds of Different Feathers – Navy Crows

Complete with an ornately embroidered eagle with wings spread full, perched atop chevrons that indicate the current rate attained, these insignia are unique to the seafaring service. They are unlike any other... more