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    Re: How to Clean Buttons

    A lot of museums and others use "Renaissance Wax" to seal coins, leather and any other cleaned metal. I think buttons would qualify. I bought a small jar, thought it cost a bit too much, but I have had it 3 years and have not used 1/4 of it. Goes a long way rub on, buff off.

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    Re: How to Clean Buttons

    Quote Originally Posted by Iron Patch
    Here's one. Romeo taught me everything I know.

    And remember, cleaning relics hurts the value!
    Patch, that one sure cleaned up nicely. I would never have thought there would be that much detail under that crud.

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    Re: How to Clean Buttons

    Quote Originally Posted by HILL BILLY
    Quote Originally Posted by Iron Patch
    Here's one. Romeo taught me everything I know.

    And remember, cleaning relics hurts the value!
    Patch, that one sure cleaned up nicely. I would never have thought there would be that much detail under that crud.

    I knew from past buttons it had a decent chance, but was obviously very pleased once I realized how well it was going.

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    Re: How to Clean Buttons

    Quote Originally Posted by Iron Patch
    Quote Originally Posted by HILL BILLY
    Quote Originally Posted by Iron Patch
    Here's one. Romeo taught me everything I know.

    And remember, cleaning relics hurts the value!
    Patch, that one sure cleaned up nicely. I would never have thought there would be that much detail under that crud.
    Lemon juice?


    I knew from past buttons it had a decent chance, but was obviously very pleased once I realized how well it was going.
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    Re: How to Clean Buttons

    Quote Originally Posted by BuckleElf
    Quote Originally Posted by Iron Patch
    Quote Originally Posted by HILL BILLY
    Quote Originally Posted by Iron Patch
    Here's one. Romeo taught me everything I know.

    And remember, cleaning relics hurts the value!
    Patch, that one sure cleaned up nicely. I would never have thought there would be that much detail under that crud.
    Lemon juice?


    I knew from past buttons it had a decent chance, but was obviously very pleased once I realized how well it was going.

    Ancient Chinese button cleaning secret. (Lemoning dynasty)

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    Re: How to Clean Buttons

    Great tips on cleaning
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    Re: How to Clean Buttons

    Great advice, I was able to take it all in better from this post than you telling me in person I will work on it a bit more tonight but so far I see no markings. Talk at you later, Shane
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    Re: How to Clean Buttons

    This thread is priceless. Thank you for such great info. I am thankful to be on this site with such pros. May the force be under your coils.
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    Re: How to Clean Buttons

    Buckleboy,

    I actually found the button in your third picture from the top yesterday. The one that reads "Superior to Gold P____". I was wondering if you knew what the last word says and roughly how old this button is. Also, do you have pics of the front of yours? Mine is completely worn. I got lucky and the back of mine still has the gold gilt on it. Thanks!

    MDT

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    Re: How to Clean Buttons

    Quote Originally Posted by metaldetectingtaylor
    Buckleboy,

    I actually found the button in your third picture from the top yesterday. The one that reads "Superior to Gold P____". I was wondering if you knew what the last word says and roughly how old this button is. Also, do you have pics of the front of yours? Mine is completely worn. I got lucky and the back of mine still has the gold gilt on it. Thanks!

    MDT
    The last word is for sure "PLATE." I would love to see a photo of yours after cleaning. It is for certain a candidate for Aluminum Jelly if you can see a lot of gold on it. The front of these buttons is blank. that is the way they were made. 1820s-1850s. I would think that the one in question probably dates towards the first half of that date range. Post a photo up if you get a chance to aluminum jelly it. I'd love to see it.

    Cheers,

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    Thanks BB

    Finally got some naval jelly to clean a Marine Button i found this spring .
    Said to date 1840 - 1860 It came out pretty nice . Thanks again Mike
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    Quote Originally Posted by gmanlight View Post
    Finally got some naval jelly to clean a Marine Button i found this spring .
    Said to date 1840 - 1860 It came out pretty nice . Thanks again Mike
    That is one KILLER button. Seriously beautiful find, and some great cleaning on that. Glad the naval jelly worked well for ya.

    Cheers,


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    1941 Walking Liberty Half Dollar
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    If you want to clean a Button just dip it in a cereal bowl with enough Ammonia in it to cover the item. Depending on what type of soil it was found in, anywhere from 5 min. to several hours soaking will do it. It won't hurt the button. Any time you take a tooth brush to a button with gilt on it you loose some. For any one that does not believe this is by far the best way to clean Buttons and all Gold Jewelry just try it
    first on a junk piece of brass that has gilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jumper View Post
    If you want to clean a Button just dip it in a cereal bowl with enough Ammonia in it to cover the item. Depending on what type of soil it was found in, anywhere from 5 min. to several hours soaking will do it. It won't hurt the button. Any time you take a tooth brush to a button with gilt on it you loose some. For any one that does not believe this is by far the best way to clean Buttons and all Gold Jewelry just try it
    first on a junk piece of brass that has gilt.
    Cool! I'll try this on a junk gilded flat button the next time I dig one. Could you post some before/after photos of this method for us?

    Cheers,


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    1941 Walking Liberty Half Dollar
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    Buckle Boy here is the button I was asking you about.Attachment 658922Attachment 658923Attachment 658924Attachment 658925


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    I don't think there is much you can do to help the back of the button. Those iron/tin backed ones never survive. But, I'd consider toothpicking some of the crusty verdigris off the front of the button.

    Cheers,


    Buckles
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    Three Seated Half Dimes: 1842-O, 1848-O and 1857
    1876-CC and 1887 Seated Dimes
    1876-S Seated Quarter
    185? Large Cent
    Blacksmith-Forged Picket Pin
    1941 Walking Liberty Half Dollar
    1943, 1954, and 1963-D Quarters
    1945 and 1945-S Mercury Dimes
    1864-L Indian Head Cent
    Dateless Shield Nickel
    Indian Head Cents, Wheats, Buffaloes, and GawGag
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    bump.
    2014 CaneField Bandits Totals:
    Three Seated Half Dimes: 1842-O, 1848-O and 1857
    1876-CC and 1887 Seated Dimes
    1876-S Seated Quarter
    185? Large Cent
    Blacksmith-Forged Picket Pin
    1941 Walking Liberty Half Dollar
    1943, 1954, and 1963-D Quarters
    1945 and 1945-S Mercury Dimes
    1864-L Indian Head Cent
    Dateless Shield Nickel
    Indian Head Cents, Wheats, Buffaloes, and GawGag
    OUR 2013 YEAR-END POST: http://www.treasurenet.com/forums/to...-end-post.html
    OUR 2012 YEAR END POST:
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    Any relics, coins, or other items appearing in my finds signatures were found on PRIVATE PROPERTY with total consent and permission from the owners of said property.

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    It says to apply it and swirl the crust away, but with what? A cloth? A paper towel? A q-tip? I would like to know before I try this out myself.
    Thanks!
    -Anthony

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    Okay thanks!

 

 
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