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Firearms

Firearms, weapons, and other military items are functional objects that are often well used before they become heirlooms or museum objects. These objects can be made from many different materials, both inorganic and organic, including metals, wood, ivory, bone, fabric, leather, etc.. They are cared for by objects conservators or textiles conservators (for uniforms and flags). When in doubt, an objects conservator can help you determine who would be the most appropriate professional for advice and conservation.

Firearms:

  • Wear gloves when handling.
  • Clean, and then apply paste wax.
  • Relative humidity below 45%.
  • Store barrel down if stock is weak or damaged.
  • Clean off excess oils.

Antique Firearms

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Caring for Firearms

 

If you have any questions, ask a conservator.

 

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