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Cleaning a British War Medal


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I recently purchased a British War Medal to replace my great-great-grandfather's that has long since been lost to time. I managed to find one with the recipient's name ground out. However, there is a significant amount of tarnishing on this medal. Is it advisable to clean it? If so, with what?

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And me :thumbsup:

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The medal has already been damaged by erasing the original recipients name. If you want to make it shiny to match your great great grandfathers existing medals, I cannot see it "harming" the medal any more than has already been done from a collector perspective. A few seconds in a silver dip can remove decades of tarnish, though it will make it look like a new replica.


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