Austro-Hungarian Mess Tin Lid Relics

Two Austro-Hungarian Great War mess tin lids, found in Italy, six quid the pair including postage, a few years back. 

Bargain.

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3 Responses to Austro-Hungarian Mess Tin Lid Relics

  1. Sid from Down Under says:

    Bargain indeed ! And what a story they could tell

    Have you considered preserving them so the rust doesn’t spread? Mr Google shows many museum sites with tips. You or others may have a better idea but for rusted thin steel I use a product called Penetrol.

    • Magicfingers says:

      Absolutely. It’s the stories they could tell that made me grab them in the first place. And yes, is the answer to your question. I have a tin of rust remover – it’s just about biting the bullet and giving it a go.

      • Sid from Down Under says:

        My stuff is not the common “rust remover” that converts rust then requires an overcoat – it’s highly viscous and soaks into rust “encapsulating” it. Sometimes requires 2 or occasionally 3 coats. End result is it preserves the original rusted state and prevents it progressing. No overcoat required if the article is kept in a shaded environment (as such a treasure would be). Invented 1935 in Cleveland, Ohio by Earl Flood
        http://www.floodaustralia.net/products/paint_additives/penetrol.php

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