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Seaforth (78th Highlanders - Ross-shire Buffs) Officer's dirk - 1881 - 1914

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Here's an advanced peek at my forthcoming birthday / Christmas present - an officer's dirk from the Seaforth (78th Highlanders - Ross-shire Buffs) - c. 1881 - 1914.  I'm looking for some advice on how / whether to get rid of the rust on the blade (pictures to follow).  I'm delighted to get this piece, since the 78th were my family's regiment before they got on the SS California for Boston in the early 1880's.  It was outrageously expensive, but worth it to me. 

A note of caution:  Apparently some shippers are having trouble importing edged weapons into the US these days.  There was a bit of fumbling back and forth getting it over here from the UK and US Customs took a nick in spite of the declaration as an antique.  Selfish bastards.    

Best,

Hugh

 

Seaforth (78th Highlanders) Dirk, 1991 - 1914  2.JPG

Seaforth (78th Highlanders) Dirk, 1991 - 1914  grip.JPG

Seaforth (78th Highlanders) Dirk, 1991 - 1914  knife, fork 2.JPG

Seaforth (78th Highlanders) Dirk, 1991 - 1914  scabbard 1.JPG

Seaforth (78th Highlanders) Dirk, 1991 - 1914  scabbard 2.JPG

Seaforth (78th Highlanders) Dirk, 1991 - 1914  scabbard mft Kirkwood.JPG

Now, what do I do about this rust?  I've tried baking soda, vinegar and lemon juice (separately).  It would take the rest of my admittedly short life expectancy to get it cleaned off with any of those.  

H

Seaforth (78th Highlanders) Dirk, 1991 - 1914  knife, fork.JPG

Seaforth (78th Highlanders) Dirk, 1991 - 1914  blade 1.JPG

Seaforth (78th Highlanders) Dirk, 1991 - 1914  blade 4.JPG

Seaforth (78th Highlanders) Dirk, 1991 - 1914  blade 2.JPG

Seaforth (78th Highlanders) Dirk, 1991 - 1914  blade 3.JPG

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For guns in similar condition, light oil and very fine bronze wool. If a gentle scouring doesn’t work, just leave it. A rough scouring might do more damage. 

Mike. 

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