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View Poll Results: Repair or not
Leave the damn thing alone! Don't mess with what looks like a period repair 12 54.55%
Have the solder removed to make the serial number readable 9 40.91%
Repair the enamel only 0 0%
Remove the solder AND repair the enamel 1 4.55%
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Old 11-04-2011, 12:35 PM   #501
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Re: Cleaning medals

To paraphrase somebody: collecting medals is like sex, the dirtier the better.

Besides, I'm lazy so prefer not to spend time cleaning
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Old 11-04-2011, 02:10 PM   #502
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Re: Cleaning medals

Interesting metaphor...

I kinda agree. But I think that, if I could, I'd try to get two of each medal, order, title and whatsoever.

I'd keep one of each in a normal cabinet or something, and the other ones I would carefully polish and restore to it's "right outta mint" condition, and make it shine as it once shone, and put them in a vacuum chamber/pressurized container (with a polycarbonate window), so it won't gain patina.

Thus it would be expensive, it would be the ultimate collection.
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Old 11-05-2011, 12:34 AM   #503
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Re: Cleaning medals

The imperial War Museum in London has this advice:

IWM Home Page > Your History > found it in the attic? > Caring for medals

Here is advice from the Department of Veteran's Affairs (Australia), including the cleaning of ribbons:

How to clean medals

Cleaning medal ribbons

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Old 11-05-2011, 12:55 AM   #504
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Re: Cleaning medals

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The imperial War Museum in London has this advice:

IWM Home Page > Your History > found it in the attic? > Caring for medals

Here is advice from the Department of Veteran's Affairs (Australia), including the cleaning of ribbons:

How to clean medals

Cleaning medal ribbons

Simon
I see: use only an old tooth brush and Q-tips ("cotton buds")! In all seriousness, good information. Thank you Simon.
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Old 11-17-2011, 12:28 PM   #505
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Re: Questions about soldering on medals...

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Silver solder was used - never tin so black means post-Mint work.
Does it mean that all genuine medals with black soldering like in the picture attached are either type 1 medals that had additional soldering done by the owner to fix the ring because of damage or later type medals that were remade to look like type 1 medals?
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Old 11-17-2011, 12:39 PM   #506
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Re: Questions about soldering on medals...

I just wanted to add that the picture of the ring is of a genuine type 1 medal that on the reverse has a sickle with a handle extending to the other side of the blade. I'm posting a picture to illustrate what I mean. And as far as I know only type 1 medals can have such a sickle on the reverse. So there is no possibility that it could be a type 2 or type 3 medal converted to type 1.
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Old 12-04-2011, 01:47 AM   #507
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Curiosities

Hello everybody,

I just purchased this one for a couple of bucks - it seems that someone was a little bit angry with Josif Stalin at the end ...

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Re: Curiosities

Agreed - that was far from accidental.
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Old 12-20-2011, 10:48 AM   #509
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That is VERY cool !
A real piece of "personal" history.
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Old 01-07-2012, 02:56 AM   #510
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Serial numbered campaign medals

Hello,

I just want to present my latest purchases. I have been looking for a long time for some nice, genuine serial - numbered combat medals.

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