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Old 10-04-2016, 08:00 AM
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So I found this little guy near the Delaware River - it's a GAR badge and I "think" its brass or maybe copper plated??? I have no clue...I don't plan on selling it. I just want to clean it up and bring some of the details out. What do u think is the best way to clean it?
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Old 10-04-2016, 08:01 AM
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Old 10-04-2016, 08:37 AM
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That badge looks like copper. I found stuff like that before and had my best luck with tinners fluid (mild soldering acid not good for skin or eyes) and a toothpick to start, then "carefully" dental pick harder spots. I wont come out too well in the black areas were you lost material.

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Old 10-04-2016, 08:55 AM
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Cool find!

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That's pretty cool!

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Old 10-06-2016, 09:17 PM
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Electrolysis would clean it up nicely. I hate screwing around toothpicks.

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I wouldn't do electrolysis because it will be pitted and lock bad. So in olive oil and so it loses the dirt but leaves the metal alone. Cool find personally I would leave as is. HH Phil

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Since I think I read Philadelphia, you might find this site interesting. Also there is a picture of the encampment on the net.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=...mXf9r-5ByyILnw
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Old 10-11-2016, 11:04 AM
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Been quite a few of those G A R badges getting dug up lately,
I found one two weeks ago from 1906.
Nice relic save!
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Old 10-11-2016, 11:35 AM
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Originally Posted by flphil View post
I wouldn't do electrolysis because it will be pitted and lock bad. So in olive oil and so it loses the dirt but leaves the metal alone. Cool find personally I would leave as is. HH Phil
I agree, I cleaned a shield nickel and lost all detail left... leave this badge alone and just display it!

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I have much garbage.

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Cool find! Congratulations

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If you must clean it, vinegar works well on copper. Soak for 10 minutes at a time, so you don't over clean it. Rinse with water each time until its as clean as you need.

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Old 10-26-2016, 09:43 PM
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One of the things I love the most is learning something about the relic after you found out what it is and wondering who was the owner before me
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Old 11-12-2016, 06:31 AM
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Originally Posted by flphil View post
i wouldn't do electrolysis because it will be pitted and lock bad. So in olive oil and so it loses the dirt but leaves the metal alone. Cool find personally i would leave as is. Hh phil
x2 do not use electrolysis on brassy items. The details are in the patina which would disappear if you do electrolysis. A tumbler will evenly remove loose outer crud.
Electrolysis works from the inside out. Great for rusty steel. Horrible for brassy items.
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Old 11-12-2016, 06:57 AM
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Cool find
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Old 11-12-2016, 07:04 AM
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Originally Posted by Grumpysrb View post
If you must clean it, vinegar works well on copper. Soak for 10 minutes at a time, so you don't over clean it. Rinse with water each time until its as clean as you need.
And soak it in a baking soda and water bath when you are done. If not the acid from vinegar will continue to eat away at it. You need to neutralize it.
But I would only use a tumbler. You can practice on some pennies to get the right size sand.

ALSO I USE A WHITE PAINT AND THEN WIPE LIGHTLY TO REMOVE IT ON THE HIGH SPOTS. IT REALLY MAKES THE DETAILS POP OUT. YOU CAN ALWAYS WASH IT OFF. AND YOU CAN PRACTICE ON A PENNY.
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Old 11-15-2016, 02:35 PM
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I am a fan of cleaning with spit scrubbing with tinfoil... works wonders on copper nickle and brass... I have yet to try on iron though... need to find a Steele to test.

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