..... and sure enough after gentle cleaning with soapy water and a tooth brush there was indeed a nice finish. And a rummage in my shed turned up an old metal detecting find in the shape of a old brass door knob. Having been buried approx the same time it displayed the same patina. Amazingly the door knob fitted inside the pole top supporting the brittle brass perfectly.
A bit of filler to plug any gaps and things are starting to take shape....
What else do you have in the shed??? Nice job rescuing this topper.
Excellent renovation job , well done !!
Nice job using you're creativity!!!!
Nice work, Mark!
A fantastic restoration, really impressive how it looks original. Well done!