Grandads medals to polish or not

So should I give them the full scale A treatment or just tidy up


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onefourbravo

Old-Salt
So I've been entrusted with the Medals of my Grandfathers, parents downsizing not enough room. Previously me folks had them mounted and placed in presentation frames, now I get a very close look at them, well one might suggest shabby, we can't blame the recipients, both have passed on, Grandad R had his still in the original envelope they were sent in until Mum found them prior to him moving to an old mariners home.

So I intend to at least tidy them up a bit, both were well dressed, smartly turned out gents, having the air of that generation and both served at sea in light cruisers, I'll give a brief potted history in a bit, but this is where I seek the opinion of Arrsers (is this wise ?)

I think the the medals of those passed should keep the patina they have, gives a museum air, but part of me is getting nagged by the voice of shiny, it gets to you after after a while.

So I seek your opinion so here are the articles in question
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onefourbravo

Old-Salt
Right potted histories, Grandad K joined in '35 as a stoker, ended up as SPO, leaving post hostilities in 47, briefly going back in from '51-'53 from what I can gather from his records served on HMS Calcutta in the Med and Suffolk and Walker in North Atlantic and Baltic. He was a sailor, that was his trade and quite proud of it, here are a couple of pics as young salt and old salt GK1.jpg GK2.jpg
 
I think the the medals of those passed should keep the patina they have, gives a museum air, but part of me is getting nagged by the voice of shiny, it gets to you after after a while.

When you shine you wear away a bit of the medals so No.
 

onefourbravo

Old-Salt
Grandad R, so I only briefly saw his records, but the impression I have is, well it had to be done, a stoic Jock, found himself being a barely qualified AB Seaman, most of his atttempts at qualification being followed by failed, but he went onto some proper engineering for British Railways, so ended up on HMS Penelope, now this is an easier ship to find history of, got nicknamed the pepperpot after popping into Malta. 800px-HMS_Penelope_damage_close-up_from_The_Sphere_June_27th_1942.jpg
Anyhow here is the man GR1.jpg and a poigniant wee note on the back of it GR2.jpg
 
My grandads had been tucked away for at least 40 years and neglected (since he died)
No ribbons, tarnished and looking in a poor state
I hope the old geezer would have appreciated this, although he may have raised an eyebrow at the court mounting
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Joshua Slocum

LE
Book Reviewer
leave them as they are
thats history, once you polish them you will need to continue doing it as they fade

they shall not grow old as we that are left grow old
my grandfather quoted that to me as to why he let his fade
 
My grandads had been tucked away for at least 40 years and neglected (since he died)
No ribbons, tarnished and looking in a poor state
I hope the old geezer would have appreciated this, although he may have raised an eyebrow at the court mounting
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Cracking job mate. I reckon medals should be shiny- unless you've got a VC.
 

verticalgyro

MIA
DirtyBAT
Cracking job mate. I reckon medals should be shiny- unless you've got a VC.

You'd be surprised by how many whoppers polish their NATO Bosnia and Macedonia. They look like proper shitcunts too, but thankfully time marches on and I see less of them every year.
 
My 10c. Polish them the once, to clean off a lifetime of dirt, then keep them in a case and let them fade to the antiquities they are.

Keep the original ribbons if you have them.

I do know people who have mounted Replicas in the case on the wall and put the originals in a sealed bag in a dark place.
 
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bokkatankie

Guest
leave them as they are
thats history, once you polish them you will need to continue doing it as they fade

they shall not grow old as we that are left grow old
my grandfather quoted that to me as to why he let his fade

If you then put them in a good quality display case they do not get dirty or tarnished and thus require a quick rub over if you decide to do the left breast thingie!
 
I reckon it's purely a personal choice thing and even on specialist medal forums this argument rages regularly! I'm currently trying to decide what to do with family WW1 and WW2 medals that I'm going to have framed. I reckon I will have them mounted (not court mounted though!) with new ribbons (the old ones have great history but they are very tatty), cleaned to remove years of grime and then framed. I do get the argument about "patina" but in my case that's been acquired through years of them being stuffed into a box rather than being worn so I don't feel "attached" to keeping it. Either way the important thing IMHO is to preserve the history - stories, photos and all - for the future generations.
 
...So I intend to at least tidy them up a bit, both were well dressed, smartly turned out gents, having the air of that generation and both served at sea in light cruisers, I'll give a brief potted history in a bit, but this is where I seek the opinion of Arrsers (is this wise?)...

...and when you've finished those...

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Is that Eastney?
 

Joker62

ADC
Book Reviewer
If you then put them in a good quality display case they do not get dirty or tarnished and thus require a quick rub over if you decide to do the left breast thingie!

That'll be the right breast thingie as left breast is naughty and can/will lead to all kinds of insinuations if caught by any of Arrse's very own Waltenkommando *spits*

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Is that Eastney?
Yes. Sadly, the museum is due to move from the former officers' mess of the old RM barracks into the Historic Dockyard by the end of 2017 in order to make room for possible further 'development':

Portsmouth News 17 Oct 2013 said:
THE ROYAL Marines Museum will move to the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard by the end of 2017, it has been revealed.

Administrators are planning to switch the museum from the former Eastney Barracks to boost visitor numbers and income. The museum has been at the historic site since 1958 and was a barracks for Royal Marines dating back to 1867. It is hoped that the move to the dockyard will quadruple visitor numbers. But the future of the Grade II listed building currently used by the museum at Eastney has been left in doubt...
 

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