As promised, results of the long soak in vinegar over the weekend..........
Buckles, starter tabs and latches. The long starter tabs are clearly marked and the shorter ones were brass and steel. Can't find any markings on the ones I have but the two types can be differentiated by the slight curve to the end of the steel ones, the brass having a flat end.
Not sure what the latches are off. Think they're off an ammo crate but not sure which one.
Close up of the latches.......
Close up of the MG belt starter tabs
The buckles and sling bits. Not sure on the smaller ones to the right of the picture so if you can help it'd be great
Butt plates, oiler bottles and the brass bit of Mk 2 Sten mag loading tools. These have come up very nice after 4 days in vinegar Appear to have five different types of butt plate. Long Lee and Lee Metford are the ones with the long tongues, with Lee-Enfield on the left, but what is the smaller curved butt plate off, and what about the three that appear to be different to the other LE plates.
Three of the butt plates have WD arrow on the oil bottle cover
And the oil bottles are marked as well
Last up the bayonet handles. The one with the curved piece appears to be Japanese and the one in the middle has the feint remains of a 'US' stamp on it. But what is it off, and what is the top one ?
Well pleased with the results of the cleaning. Will post some more pictures tomorrow