Any Point in Trying to Clean This Medal?

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Any Point in Trying to Clean This Medal?

Post by detectorman5050 » Thu Jan 03, 2019 10:54 am

Found this one yesterday, a King George and Queen Mary coronation medal from 1911. A relatively common find. However, as usual it is very crusty, to the extent I identified it more from its shape than anything else.

Is there any point in trying to clean this crusty old medal with the likes of steel wool, or am I just going to end up with something in an even worse state than it already is?

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Re: Any Point in Trying to Clean This Medal?

Post by SuperRed » Thu Jan 03, 2019 11:26 am

Always worth a clean DM, especially if not valuable and pretty unreadable. Not sure about wire wool, but certainly a brush up to see what you can read.
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Re: Any Point in Trying to Clean This Medal?

Post by Oxgirl36 » Thu Jan 03, 2019 1:25 pm

I recently did a button to test the brown sauce treatment suggestion someone made on here. Worked very well. Just smeared brown sauce on it, left it 24 hours and washed off then gave it a polish with brasso after and was impressed with the results ::g

Less harsh than wire wool too but only for items that aren’t of historical value ::g
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Re: Any Point in Trying to Clean This Medal?

Post by boywonderwilson » Thu Jan 03, 2019 8:30 pm

Get a smokers toothbrush they are wonders for cleaning stuff like that up, deffo worth a brush

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