A nice find, but I need help...WWI Hate Belt

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    Spitfire
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    A nice find, but I need help...WWI Hate Belt

    Post by Spitfire on Fri Mar 11, 2011 4:38 pm

    First off, let me confess that I am not a collector, although I've been an avid amateur historian and military buff for over 50 years. Because I buy and sell on eBay frequently, I was approached by a local widow to dispose of some military memorabilia for her, consisting of 33 brass buttons, shoulder bars, cap badges, etc. Included are the 202 Sportsmens Battalion fron Edmonton, Cape Breton Highlanders, Royal N.W. Mounted Police, and many others that I can't yet identify.

    I'd like to post some pictures, but first I have a question. All of these items are in great shape, with lugs intact, but they are all oxidized to one extent or another, making it difficult for my old eyes to make out what they are. Is it OK to clean these items with something like Brasso? I don't want to do anything to harm the value, as the proceeds go to the widow, and not to me. As soon as I get an answer, I'll post some pics.

    BTW, Spitfire was chosen as a handle because my Dad was with a Spitfire Squadron of the RAF during WWII. Thanks for your time.

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    Post by Infanteer on Fri Mar 11, 2011 4:50 pm

    Can you show some photos of the items before you do anything to clean them? Depending on how bad the corrosion is it might be best to leave them as is and let the new owners decide whether or not to clean them.

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    Post by Spitfire on Fri Mar 11, 2011 5:25 pm

    Thanks for the advice. As you will see in the photos, all of the items are currently attached to a belt of some sort.




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    Re: A nice find, but I need help...WWI Hate Belt

    Post by Bill on Fri Mar 11, 2011 6:47 pm

    Hi, What you have is a souvenir belt, commonly referred to as a "Hate Belt". It should be sold as one piece for the historical integrity, but the bits and pieces on it may add up to more than the complete belt. Secondly, I would not recommend cleaning them.

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    Post by qsamike on Fri Mar 11, 2011 7:06 pm

    Bill wrote:Hi, What you have is a souvenir belt, commonly referred to as a "Hate Belt". It should be sold as one piece for the historical integrity, but the bits and pieces on it may add up to more than the complete belt. Secondly, I would not recommend cleaning them.

    I agree fully with Bill......

    Do Not Break Up and Do Not Clean......

    Mike

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    Post by Infanteer on Sat Mar 12, 2011 12:40 am

    I'll third that sentiment... please don't clean the badges or remove them from the belt. It's collector value is so much more if it has not been messed with in any manner. Nice item.

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    Re: A nice find, but I need help...WWI Hate Belt

    Post by Spitfire on Sat Mar 12, 2011 10:26 am

    I appreciate the consideration and advice that I have received here. I will keep the belt intact and uncleaned. I am offering the item for sale here first because of the kindness shown me. If it doesn't sell, then I will offer it on eBay. Thank you again.

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    Post by PAUL AYERST on Thu Oct 13, 2011 3:56 pm

    DID THIS SELL ON EBAY AND FOR HOW MUCH ??

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