To Polish or not to polish (Chaseport fire irons/WW1 trench art)

#1
Hello fellow gun nuts,

I have just bought in an antique shop in Dublin, a piece of (in my opinion) WW1 trench art. Please see attached pictures. When I sober up, I will post better piccys.

My question to you lads is:

Shall I scoth bright the blades and polish the brass, or leave them in their currunt condition.

The bayonettes are aged between 1876 to 1878, all inscripted. As I say, the Chaseport bayonet has stacks of history, many were converted by the frogs and the Germans for use with the more modern rifles used during WW1.

I personally feel that I would lke to shine the blades up, but at the same time I do not wish to **** up historical bits of kit.

Goddamn it, how to I post ******* pictures here??!! Copy and paste doesn't work.....!! Not a joke, how do I put pictures on here?I would love you to see them. Again, not a joke!! Please tell me how to post pictures on here.
 
#3
Try using one of the picture hosting sites. **** knows what there called but you know what I mean. Always interested in bits of history.
 
#4
Swampypants -

At the top of the "reply" thing there is a panel with two globe things, a picture, and film and quote. Click on the picture and browse to the file on your computer, select and then click "upload"

Good luck

PS Pictures cannot be too large.
 
#5
Thanks for the help guys. but, I've tried the reply button thing and I dont see any globes or an option to put a link in.

Im sure I never had this problem before.

this is really ******* frustrating....
 
#9
Oh **** it, im going to bed, I will try again in the morning. Goodnight all, thanks for your help. I will get an IT expert or a 2 year old to sort it out for me tomorrow.

Catch you in the morrow,

G'night all
 
#10
Use Vinegar to brighten the steel and 0000 bronze wool
 
#11
Swampypants -

As to pictures what you describe is what happens when you attempt to upload a pic that is too big.

Any of your picture software should be able to save it with less bytes.

I am lazy and just post to one of my facebook albums and then copy and save the pic when it comes up in facebook.

Hold off on polishing until you are sure. Back when I was married the wife polished and old brass lamp and ruined it.
 
#14
I would've thought that Jarrod's pet would be an ermine at least, not a scruffy old giant weasel.
 
#16
Hi Guys,

Thanks for your advice and sorry for the delay.

I should be back in UK some time next week and will use my proper camera to take photos and post them. Up to now I have been using my IfuckinPhone and it clearly won't upload photos to this site.

Thanks again for the advice and I look forward to showing you my bits next week.

I won't do any polishing or doing anything till i get your opinions.

Speak to you all next week.

In the meantime I shall keep myself amused by heating up pennies on the stove and throwing them out of the window when I see poor people walking past.
 

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#18
Not sure about the brass, but if you want the metal to look good then i'd suggest warming them up with a blowtorch (doesn't have to even get red) and then melting beeswax over it, it's what I do with the blacksmithing stuff I want to keep. Obviously if you are using them in the fire this won't keep but they'll look nice on the stand.

S_R
 
#19
I Never thought of beeswax, that's an interesting idea. Let me post better pics and then we will have another think.

Goldbrickers vinegar and steel wool seem to have my vote so far. I just wonder if the bayonets look better left as they are.

Decisions, decisions....
 
#20
I Never thought of beeswax, that's an interesting idea. Let me post better pics and then we will have another think.

Goldbrickers vinegar and steel wool seem to have my vote so far. I just wonder if the bayonets look better left as they are.

Decisions, decisions....
The clue is in the question. Use Brasso.

Gently though. Pretend you are bulling your boots. Cotton wool and spit.

We used to have a brass blow torch that I used to like to make shiny. It was more interesting than talking to Mr Dale or watching Nottingham Forest.
 

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