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Thread: Enfield 1908 cavalry troopers sword camouflage and advice

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    Enfield 1908 cavalry troopers sword camouflage and advice

    Hi all,

    I have some questions regarding the paint.
    Here is a Enfield made dated 11-15 cavalry sword.
    There a clearly 2 paint layers first green and then mustard/gold so could this be a legit combination.Somebody removed a little bit of the mustard/gold paint to look for regiments markings and the green paint below is well preserved.Should i remove the Mustard/gold layer?
    wooden grip looks to be blackened.

    Thank you.
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    tip of the blade is also sharpened
    Maybe a personal carving in the wood

    Thank you
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    The tan/gold paint appears to be silver with old varnish that has yellowed, this is not original paint. The grip is a brown composite material called Gutta Percha.

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    Thank you,

    Then i will remove the silver paint and try to save as much green paint as possible.

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    It's best with this pattern of sword to disassemble to remove paint. More modern paints tend to remove easily while original paint does not seem to react with modern strippers.
    I see the blade washer is also painted which also tells me someone painted it to hang on the wall.
    If you find oxidation/patina under the green paint it too may be a later addition.

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    Thanks i will do that.At first site the silver is very easy to remove while the green isnt affected at all so i will be curious what the end result will be.

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    I thought that may be the case. I'd like to see the results after the silver is gone.

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    That is interesting on the paint, Will. What is the base on old paint that will not dissolve with stripper? I used stripper on an m1813 Starr calvary that was gold painted and the silver paint underneath was untouched as was the the original Japan black.
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    Just give it a small treatment today and there is still a portion of what i think original olive drab paint.It should be cleaned up well after a few times.
    Hard to take good photos due the weather.

    Thank you
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