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Restoration of Mexican Border Service Medal
« on: February 29, 2016, 09:29:23 AM »
I picked this medal up about 2 years ago at a gun show. It was $10, but was in rough shape.

The medal obviously had been in a fire at some point. Soot covered the planchet, and the entire ribbon and ribbon suspension had been replaced. It needed some TLC!

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Re: Restoration of Mexican Border Service Medal
« Reply #1 on: February 29, 2016, 09:33:32 AM »
Another collector had come across a medal that had also sustained damage in a fire. He used oven cleaner to clean up the medal.

This went against my better judgement. In restoration, always steer clear of harsh chemicals. So, I tried the soft toothbrush and soapy water method. Nothing!

Well, I figured I'm only out $10, so let's go balls-to-the-wall, and use chemicals!

Well, the results were beyond what I expected. An old, soot covered medal was now revitalized! Some of the soot remains, however I didn't want to go too far, and wind up doing damage.

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Re: Restoration of Mexican Border Service Medal
« Reply #2 on: February 29, 2016, 09:38:01 AM »
So the planchet was clean, but what to do about that cheapo brooch and suspension. I figured the drape, even if not original, was fine for display, so that was salvageable.

The brooch and suspension ring, however.....I of course didn't want to rob from another Mexican Border Service medal, as that would defeat the purpose.

What readily available medal could I cannibalize these parts from...ahh, the WWI Victory medal!

I went on eBay and found the most beaten up, unattributed, WWI Victory medal I could find. The drape was already destroyed, and the brooch and suspension ring were hanging on by a thread. So no harm, no foul

Here is the end result!

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Re: Restoration of Mexican Border Service Medal
« Reply #3 on: February 29, 2016, 10:16:28 AM »
Looks great to me, well done. Another save.


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Re: Restoration of Mexican Border Service Medal
« Reply #4 on: February 29, 2016, 10:26:04 AM »
Looks great to me, well done. Another save.


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