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  1. A quick check under the UV to make sure I don't already have a glow. I'll do it again when I'm done to make sure I didn't add one.
  2. So here we go. My victims or samples are standard service forces patches. I tried to find three that were close in filthiness. Plus one "next to new" patch to set the bar.
  3. Well I guess it should be two cleaners and a whitener. But anyway, I always seem to have a box full of dungy, dirty patches that could use a little sprucing up. Rust stains from paper clips, staples and thumb tacks, yellowing from cigarette smoke, animal urine, mothball stench and on and on. We all know the drill. Otherwise decent patches for new collectors, handouts at shows or maybe just place holders until a better one comes along, if they were clean. So I'm always looking for a good method to safely clean without damage. My normal routine is an overnight soak in Orvus Quilt Soap follow
  4. To help clear up any confusion. Here is a pair of 1968 dated Panama sole tropical/jungle boots. This particular pair lacks the vertical seam on the heel.
  5. I don't mind at all. I'm more than happy to help anyone else if I can.
  6. The steps were as follows: Pants and Coat, Dry Cleaned and pressed. Not happy with the results. So onto the next step. Pants, one overnight soak in Oxiclean, clean water rinse. Rinsed again in Mrs.Stewart's Bluing Liquid and a final clean water rinse. Air dried and then returned to the dry cleaners for pressing. Coat, overnight soak in Oxiclean. Not happy with the results. Second overnight soak in Oxiclean and a clean water rinse. Second rinse with Mrs. Stewart's Bluing Liquid and then a final clean water rinse. Air dry and then to the cleaners for pressing. I couldn't get the
  7. With the exception of the flight surgeon wings this project is complete. I'm pretty happy with the final result. When I originally acquired it the material was very yellowed. The hat cleaned up well. The uniform itself not quite as well. Both the coat and pants still have a yellow cast to them albeit not as dark as before. But there is still a pretty good contrast between the coat/pants and the hat. One thing that cleaned up very well is the stitching and cuff bands. Everything except the medical insignia and hat badge are original to the uniform. The placement of the collar and lapel insignia
  8. I didn't have the original hat badge so I had to go to the inventory. After going through what I had on hand I was able to find a badge that matched up perfectly with the two pin holes on the rear of the wing tips.
  9. Phase one of the summer white uniform restoration. The visor hat was missing the Officer's badge which I have several so no problem there. After disassembly I found all of the chassis to be in good shape. The brim was very lightly wiped down, the buttons cleaned and the band was lightly brushed. The cover was removed and soaked in Oxiclean overnight, rinsed and allowed to air dry. To say the result is dramatic is an understatement. It came out phenomenal and it looks even better in person. You can barely see some of the yellowing but you have to look hard.
  10. This is my current restoration project. Captain Edward F. Hellwig USAAF, Flight Surgeon WW2. I bought the uniform from his estate auction. I have most of the original insignia with the exception of his flight surgeon wings. Pretty cool that it was all made in Panama. Overall condition is pretty good but the material has yellowed considerably. I think once it's back together it will be a stunner.
  11. Here's a mini Trident. H&H Eagle with 24N.
  12. Cadillac produced the M-24 Chaffee Light Tank from 1944 until the early 50's. These pins were given out as production awards and as publicity pins. They were made by the Weyhing Brothers Company of Detroit. I've sold several different variations. Gold, Gold Plated, Pin Back, Screw Back, hallmarked and no hallmark. What they all seem to have in common is a fine attention to detail. Here's a photo of one of the screw backs.
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