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Re: Antique brass Iron from China

Posted By: Peter Dale <PeteandDawnie@aol.com> (spider-mtc-ta032.proxy.aol.com)
Date: 8/15/2 13:41

In Response To: Antique brass Iron from China (Ron)

Ron, There are two schools of thought on your Irons. The patina (natural surface darkening) takes a period of time to develope and therefore is one suggestion of age to a true antique person. For example; an old rife / musket that has the outside of the barrel cleaned is worth considerably less by collectors. Original condition is best. How ever if you intend to keep these ower the long haul and want to make them sparkle like new there are a couple of things you can do. Assuming the surface hasn't been lacqured , you can use a product called "never dull"(treated cotton wadding in a can) . A liquid product called "Tarnex" (brown plastic bottle)will also work .If the surface doesn't respond to these products ,then use 0000 grade steel wool.Good luck. Peter Dale

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