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WWI Preservation Collection
preserving the past...for the future
PRESERVE: Maintaining the present condition of the artifact, stabilize from further deterioration.
RESTORE:Bring the artifact back to a condition of new or a pre-determined amount of age or use.
DO NOTHING:Most of the time doing nothing is the best choice. My job is to talk you out of doing a restoration if none is needed. Many times a restoration can “de-value” an artifact if it did not need to be restored in the first place.
THE FOLLOWING ARE ACTUAL BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS OF THE SAME ARTIFACT
The WW1 Preservation Collection’s primary focus
“Maintaining and Preserving”
Historical Military Artifacts
Display Machine Guns:WW1PC can assemble BATF disabled (cut up) machine guns into quality display artifacts that are suitable for museum display. Artifacts will be assembled cosmetically and will not be able to chamber or fire live ammunition. So if you have a cut up “box of parts” WW1PC can make a nice non-firing display gun for you. (SEE MY COLLECTION PAGE)
Artillery Guns:Our Nation’s War Monuments are rusting away. Most of these captured or issued artillery guns have been out in the elements for 70 to 100 years. Some have missing parts or have been vandalized. WW1PC can restore these artifacts as they were in combat, and preserve them for generations to come. (Artillery Guns will remain in non-firing condition)
Ordnance: WW1PC can preserve or restore: Mortars, Grenades, Aerial Bombs, Artillery Shells, Mines, Torpedo’s and accessories. ALL ORDNACE MUST BE INERT AND VOID OF ANY EXPLOSIVE MATERIAL. Ordnance restorations will be filled with inert epoxy resin to render the artifact harmless forever.
Small Arms:Contact me to discuss your particular artifact.
Uniforms:WW1PC can perform limited work on uniforms. This is one area where doing nothing is probably the correct action for the artifact. However, re-stitching seams and sewing on buttons with period thread is preserving the uniform, and can be done without any harm to the uniform.
Leather Items:Do Nothing – Leather is one of those items that by design is prone to degrade. Just the process of tanning leather introduces acids and chemicals that attack and break down the fibers. It will not last and eventually will decay – How often do you see Civil War leather items? After 150 years, not often unless it has been cared for in the correct conditions.