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    • #11850

      Jim H. writes:

      The attached photo is an 1857 Buckeye Bell. I saw a similar but smaller one on display at the Cairo museum in Vicksburg and it was cleaner looking. what can I do to bring out more color?

      If you can help, please post a response.
      Admin (Carolyn)

      This inquiry was originally sent to the ABA’s Internet Coordinator. Responses are opinions of individuals based on their personal research and knowledge.


    • #16563

      Your bell has a beautiful patina as is. If you wish to keep it indoors, you can remove the patina and polish the bell, but if you keep it outdoors, then it will again develop a patina and should be left alone. The gray patina is from the tin. A Green patina would come from the copper reacting with sulfuric acid.
      Harry Long, MD

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