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Does anyone know of a firm that will undertake the gilding of pre-gilded items ? I have a 1902 infantry officers helmet in good condition, but  the spike its  cross and chinstrap could do with re-gilding.

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Has the gilt gone, or is just dulled? If the former, I can't help, I'm afraid. If the latter, Hagerty silver and multimetal foam can produce remarkable results. I have used it on blue cloth helmet plates and waist belt clasps with great success. It is not abrasive and does not damage the gilt. I was put on to it by a guy who is one of the top restorers of pickelhaubes, - he uses it to bring fire gilt on officer helmets back to life.

Patrick

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