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    I acquired this relic SS buckle recently and would like for you to review it. Would it be worth the effort at an attempt to clean it up? Should I just leave it as is? I have been enjoying it just as it is but if it could be cleaned without damage, then I would be willing to try. Either way, please share your thoughts with me.

    Greenhorn

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    Leave it be.

    Can't make it much better and by cleaning, you may remove rust
    and material that then cannot be put back.........!

    If anything, a light dusting with a dry old toothbrush.
    Regards,


    Steve.

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    I like them cleaned ...and restored...;-)
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    Always looking for Belgian Congo stuff!
    cheers
    |<ris

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    Where did the buckle come from? To be honest from the flat pin head and prongs it looks like a fake made to look old!
    Ben

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    Good point Ben it does look as though that could be the case !!
    The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )

    1st July 1916

    Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
    Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
    Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
    Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
    We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
    But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader

    House Carles at the Battle of Hastings

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    Hi, Ben

    I will take some better pics of the pins. The rust is caked so thick that it must've sat in the ground for a very long time. I guess fakers could leave it in the ground for long periods but this would be their best work then! I will post pics tomorrow.

    Green

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    Im trying to make out if the buckle is steel or ally, if its ally why all the heavy rust and it doesnt look like steel anyway

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    davejb

    Good question. Alloy wouldn't be magnetic, correct? I will try a magnet test and take pics of the pins/prongs tomorrow. A side question....how long might it take a steel buckle to rust to this degree, given prime rusting conditions?

    Green

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    Difficult to tell, when you look at mine; they have only been recently excaveted. But some who have been" there "longer look better than others.Depends of the soil, the way they were left in the ground (up side down, partly in open air....etc....)
    Lets say that if it had been there since the end of the war, the part that looks the mostly rusted should have serious dents and dammages when cleaned.
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    Always looking for Belgian Congo stuff!
    cheers
    |<ris

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    stuka f

    Thanks for your first-hand inormation. The value/cost of it isn't very important to me. Verifying if it's authentic is! I may have to clean it. I can tell you that under finger pressure, the rust will not come off, it just cuts your fingers.

    Green

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