Cleaning 16th Century Armour

The suit of armour above dates from the mid 1500s and is believed to originate from Germany.  Unlike the Italian suit of armour I helped to clean several months ago this suit has almost all matching pieces.  However, it is missing the greaves (shin guards) and the sabatons which protected the feet.  

The suit itself is made of low carbon content mild steel, the process of making a suit of armour was long and costly with only the best, lowest carbon steel being used.  The lower the carbon content the better the steel with 1 or 2% carbon content being best.   If you look closely at the photographs above you can see the leather strapping (not original) and the rivets inside the armour which hold the individual pieces together.  

In the second photograph you can see the metal tube stand on which the armour is usually hung.  The suit was cleaned with extremely fine wire wool and a micro-abrasive metal cleaner which removes any surface dirt, rust and corrosion.  Each piece is then buffed lifting the dirt from the surface.  We then add a layer of micro-crystalline conservation wax polish which is applied and then buffed the next day ready for the suit to be reassembled.

Part of the National Trust’s collection, author’s photographs.

(via litospeaks)



Scotland voted to reject independence

55% to 45% vote

I think the fact that it was so close toward the end according to polling put all of Scotland in the best negotiating position. It was enough threat of independence that they got the most offers of greater autonomy and if it had looked like too little “yes” or too much no one would have bothered with any concessions.

So let’s hope it works out.

Yeah, I agree. Especially since that it was a margin of less than 400,000 votes and it was an 85% turnout. I was following the vote all night after my club meeting and went to bed after the 31st council put in (last council to announce was the Highlands which only had about 200,000 people, and at that point the “No” was ahead by 400,000)

It was extremely close for almost the entire referendum. There was a point where 6 councils hadn’t declared, Edinburgh, Fife, Moray, Highlands and a few others hadn’t announce and it was only down by 200,000 votes.

I’ve been following it on /r/Scotland and I can tell that it was extremely nerve wracking.