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Mk1 Brodie Barn Find

Article about: Good Evening All, I'd like to share with you what I picked up at a farm auction this weekend, it's what I believe to be a mk1 Brodie helmet in pretty poor condition but fairly complete. I'm

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    Good Evening All,

    I'd like to share with you what I picked up at a farm auction this weekend, it's what I believe to be a mk1 Brodie helmet in pretty poor condition but fairly complete.

    I'm in two minds what to do with it, either leave it as it is or restore it with a new liner and a coat of paint but I'd like to hear your thoughts on it.

    Thanks.

    Tom.

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    Nice find , I think it wouldn't need new paint once it's cleaned . IMHO

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    Clean the helmet and wipe the oil cloth liner with a damp rag. You will be amazed how it will improve the looks.

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    give it a clean up, if you restore it, it's history will be lost
    Regards
    René

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    I would just start with a gentle vacuum, with the brush-attachment and go from there to see what more is needed to clean it. Probably just a damp rag indeed.

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    Thanks guys, I will try just that. At the auction they stuck the lot number to the top of the helmet with grease, I've got most of it off but would I be safe to try and clean it up with white spirit or some other type of degreaser?

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    Leave as is. As previously stated wipe the liner, hoover out the dust(making sure you don't loose any liner parts!) Give the shell a gentle wash. With advice you may want to consider a stabilising wax to prevent further rusting. Nice to see things like this turning up at odd auctions

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    I agree with leaving as it is. Personally I would not dampen any part of it with water. I have had good results with Renaissance Wax. I would get a pot of Ren Wax and use it on the liner and the shell, use a soft cloth and it should lift up the dirt and bits of loose rust and protect the helmet from further deterioration as well. Cheers.

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    Thanks guys, I did as you recommended and it looks 100% better. I'll try some of this ren wax and post some pictures this weekend.

    Many thanks.

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    Whilst cleaning it up I could just make out the stamp F8 95 which I guess is relevant to the maker?

    I must say acquiring helmets this way is very satisfying!

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