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Old 25-09-22, 02:20 AM
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Question Cleaning hat badges

Hello…new on here. I have my deceased fathers beret with a badge on it. He was a gunner in British Army 1942-43.
It is dull…..should l clean it with something? I don’t want to damage it in any way.
It has on it “ Ubique quo fas et Gloria dugunt”
Appreciate advice.
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Old 25-09-22, 08:33 AM
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Leave it alone!

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Old 25-09-22, 09:11 AM
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Its a Royal Artillery badge.

Just take it off and wash it.

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Old 25-09-22, 06:09 PM
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Just to clarify, Simon means take the badge off the beret and wash the BADGE, but DO NOT wash the beret!

You could use a neutral soap like Simple brand to wash it with cold water by hand. This will will remove any dust, dirt or greases that could cause corrosion. Best not to use brush or scrub at it with anything.

The badge will appear a little 'brighter', but you won't have removed any patination like you would if you polished it, which is part of an old badge's history and character.

Or you could just leave it alone as Dave suggests.

Cheers......John
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Old 25-09-22, 06:28 PM
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Some really good info here! What about old polish on the back of a badge - what do you recommend for that?

Terry
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Old 25-09-22, 06:55 PM
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Soap water and a toothbrush or if you have one, a sonic cleaner.

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Old 26-09-22, 06:08 AM
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Thanks Simon! I'll have to go the soft toothbrush and soapy water.

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Thanks Simon! I'll have to go the soft toothbrush and soapy water.

Terry
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Old 26-09-22, 05:07 PM
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Jerry, Thank you VERY much and just in he nick of time!!!!

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Old 26-09-22, 11:46 PM
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I shall dissent. Five or so years ago I polished this badge to make RSM Brittain squint his eyes in admiration.
Patination can only be temporarily removed, and any badge given a good clean and polish will regain the appearance so beloved of many collectors over a not very long time, minus the ultimately damaging corrosion if continued to be stored properly. No damage is done either.
If there is anything goads me, it is a filthy, corroded badge presented on line for evaluation, not to say the badge in mention on this thread is in such a condition.

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