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Preservation of Ground Found Cartridge Cases and Shrapnel Balls - Fromelles (Sugarloaf)

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    Hi All,

    I tried to search as to what is the best method to preserve ground found cartridge cases and shrapnel balls from WW1 to inhibit the rust and corrosion to them? I couldn't find anything but may have been looking in the wrong place.

    I have a few cart cases that are either German or Western Allies (I hope Aussie or British) which I had found a couple of years ago at Fromelles in Belgium near the famous Sugarloaf salient (before the hallowed ground became a mecca for tourists and some of my countrymen (with the best of intentions in mind)), which I am thankful for. I couldn't believe the feeling you get there and want to preserve these for my younger members of our family.

    I do not wish for anyone to re-hash old ground so any direction as to what is the best way to protect these would be great.

    I will post some photos soon although I expect some of you have seen many of these items.

    Cheers,

    Toffster

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    Toffster - If they're brass, a quick wash and a scrub will suffice. If they're steel, this is a whole different and more challenging matter. Electrolysis seems to be the method of choice, with a soak in white vinegar coming a close second. I'm afraid nothing, however, will save the already rusty parts of your finds. Best you can do is dry them out and see what happens.

    Have a look in the 'Restoration and refurbishing' sub forum for more in depth tips.

    Restoration & Refurbishing at War relics forum



    Steve T

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    Default Re: Preservation of Ground Found Cartridge Cases and Shrapnel Balls - Fromelles (Sugarloaf)

    Hi Steve,

    Thanks for the prompt reply.

    I may need to post a couple of photos as they have gone a light blue/light grey colour which I assume is brass, but you cannot see any of the original material. They are in pretty corroded condition which I assume is normal for most things found on the Western Front due to the cold moist earth there?


    I will check out the link you have provided and see what happens.

    Very much obliged, and thanks again.

    Dave

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