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Gardenerbill

There was a really nice Great War compass on the repair shop tonight. In good condition with original leather case and not over restored.

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mark holden

Yes I saw that and thought that both experts did a really  good job. I really enjoy the programme for the talent of the craftsmen and craftswomen but in my opinion they do ocassionally over restore items and in so doing the items lose their history and character. 

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GWF1967
On 28/04/2020 at 16:56, mark holden said:

 I really enjoy the programme for the talent of the craftsmen and craftswomen but in my opinion they do ocassionally over restore items and in so doing the items lose their history and character. 

I think the level of restoration undertaken is often driven by the owners of the objects; some will, unfortunately, expect a virtually "brand new" item.

 I was impressed by the wooden Angels, carved by Belgian refugees, which arrived painted, missing a pair of hands and a nose tip. The restorer painstakingly removed the paint, using a cotton bud and solvent, to reveal the original gilding beneath.

 

https://www.lincoln.anglican.org/news/gosberton-clough-angels-to-be-on-bbc1s-the-repair-shop-tonight

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mark holden

Yes the Angels were fantastic 

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Gardenerbill

Although tonight's episode was  a repeat, worth seeing the German Great War period wire cutters. Great story behind them and sympathetically restored.

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Nottmtrucker
1 hour ago, Gardenerbill said:

Although tonight's episode was  a repeat, worth seeing the German Great War period wire cutters. Great story behind them and sympathetically restored.

I too was amazed because as soon as I saw them I said to my wife I have a pair of them in my workshop and low & behold I found them minus the spring, but in very good condition. I think I inherited them from my father but he never said anything about them. I did try and research them online but to no avail.  All the ww1 cutters shown were very crude so I'm at a loss? I think the Germans called them Fur harten draht..for hard wire I believe? 

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Alan24
15 hours ago, Nottmtrucker said:

I too was amazed because as soon as I saw them I said to my wife I have a pair of them in my workshop and low & behold I found them minus the spring, but in very good condition. I think I inherited them from my father but he never said anything about them. I did try and research them online but to no avail.  All the ww1 cutters shown were very crude so I'm at a loss? I think the Germans called them Fur harten draht..for hard wire I believe? 

 

Yours has slightly more rounded ends and doesn't look to have the replaceable cutting blades, but that's not to say they're not German or date from the same GW period. 

I'll leave that to the experts.

 

Alan.

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MikeyH

The last edition of the Repair Shop, which was a repeat, featured a nice original Brodie.

It had been the property of the persons grandfather, and he wanted the strap replacing.

So far so good, he claimed it had been worn during the Gallipoli campaign!  Did anyone

else see this?   He had a diary which confirmed the dent present had been caused by a 

shrapnel burst.  I can only think that the diary entry was undated, leading to some

confusion......

 

Mike.

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Black Maria
1 hour ago, MikeyH said:

The last edition of the Repair Shop, which was a repeat, featured a nice original Brodie.

It had been the property of the persons grandfather, and he wanted the strap replacing.

So far so good, he claimed it had been worn during the Gallipoli campaign!  Did anyone

else see this?   He had a diary which confirmed the dent present had been caused by a 

shrapnel burst.  I can only think that the diary entry was undated, leading to some

confusion......

 

Mike.

This thread mentions it 

 

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MikeyH

Mark,

Many thanks, I thought I vaguely recalled the topic being aired previously.

Mike.

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Black Maria
45 minutes ago, MikeyH said:

Mark,

Many thanks, I thought I vaguely recalled the topic being aired previously.

Mike.

You're welcome , i agree with the comments on there . it's probably better to leave some things as they are , the beauty of an object is in it's history and not 

just in it's appearance .

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