Reply To: Russian ship (?) bell with a cut
Restoration and cleaning any old item is subject to different points of view. If you are interested in maintaining or improving resale value it is best to go with the general consensus. With bells that would mean limited cleaning – certainly not going back to ‘as new’
If you are not worried about preserving value then it’s really up to you. I dislike dirty bells. So I clean and polish all my old bronze bells. I use a non abrasive metal polish called Autosol which is recommended by the Whitechapel Bell Foundry. But I never get to the point where the bell becomes really shiny. I like them to look old but nice!