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Author Topic: GAR Painted Battlefield Souvenir  (Read 328 times)

dlw1610

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GAR Painted Battlefield Souvenir
« on: June 16, 2019, 03:43:03 PM »
I just bought a Boyle, Gamble & McFee saber bayonet painted by a GAR post with old radiator gold paint.   Am thinking of removing the paint except for traces to maintain the provenance.  Any thoughts?

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Re: GAR Painted Battlefield Souvenir
« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2019, 08:08:49 PM »
I believe that the GAR must have gotten a good deal on gold and silver paint as they seem to have painted anything metal that they got their hands on one of these two colors. I have an 8" solid shot from a GAR Post that is painted silver.

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Re: GAR Painted Battlefield Souvenir
« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2019, 05:27:43 AM »
Thanks redbob. since the saber bayonet is mine I removed the gold paint leaving just enough to keeps its GAR provenance.  Makes no sense to paint a cast brass handle & the blade wasn't badly pitted.  Looks 100% better to me

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Re: GAR Painted Battlefield Souvenir
« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2019, 10:37:00 PM »
I'd remove it too unless it had some provenance or ownership painted on it.  Nice pickup.
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Re: GAR Painted Battlefield Souvenir
« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2019, 07:11:25 AM »
I agree with removing it as well. kind of. It is part of its history but just like yall I like it untouched since 1865. I have an Ames 1840 heavy cavalry sabre dated 1857 that the scabbard once was painted gold. Now you can only see a little in the crevices around the throat and hangers.
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