U.S. Navy Construction Mechanic Tool Box c.1940



This is an original U.S. Navy 1st class Construction Mechanic (CM) wooden tool box used to hold small precision, machinist's tools. The toolbox is stenciled in yellow with the mechanic's name, "Ed Barry, CM 1/c USN" and a blue and red anchor on the front and a red star on the back. The leather handle is wrapped on both ends with maritime knots and a brass bracket. The toolbox has metal corners. This toolbox has retained its original finish with vivid colors and has the appropriate patina consistent with age and use.

  • CREATOR U.S. Navy
  • MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES Wood, Leather, Brass.
  • CONDITION Good.  Wear consistent with age and use.
  • DIMENSIONS H 6.25 in. x D 14 in. W 20 in.


Construction mechanic (abbreviated as CM) is a U.S. Navy occupational rating. Construction mechanics perform tasks involved in maintenance, repair and overhaul of automotive, materials handling and construction equipment; assign and supervise activities of assistants who locate, analyze and correct malfunctions in equipment and issue repair parts; maintain records; prepare requisitions and reports; train assistants in repair procedures and techniques; maintain individual combat readiness and perform tasks required in combat and disaster preparedness or recovery operations

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