This is a most interesting sleeve rating patch for an enlisted sailor’s tunic. In the Kaiserliche Marine (as is common in the U.S. Navy to this day), it was standard practice to wear a rating patch on a tunic sleeve. It allowed one to determine what job the sailor performed with a quick glance. This is a rating patch for wear on the winter uniform. The patch is oval-shaped and measures 4″ x 3.” The background is navy-blue. Embroidered on that in yellow ribbon is a Hohenzollern Crown. This appears above an anchor over which a lyre is superimposed. Thus, our man served as a musician. Larger vessels had ships’ bands and perhaps on certain smaller ships, a bugler was employed (of this I am not certain). It is also possible that a man might have held this rating if assigned to shore duty. At any rate, the patch is in excellent condition.