Riding Spurs

Riding Spurs


Hi, my name’s Laura and I’m the
objects conservator at the National Army Museum. My role on the ‘War Horse’ team
has been to conserve the 3D objects. Today I’m going to be working on some
spurs that are displayed on a spur rack. These spurs are dating back to the First World War
and are worn on the rider’s heels. There are different spurs for different
types of riding. Different types of corrosion have formed on the metal
spurs due to the different metal contents in them. The green-blue corrosion has come from
the copper content in the spurs, whereas the orange-brown rust is from the iron. The aim of the treatment today is to remove the
corrosion without damaging the metal spurs. I’ve already tested this treatment out, looking
at the metal underneath a microscope to ensure that the surface isn’t scratched. I’ll be making a mildy abrasive paste using
acetone and whiting to remove the copper corrosion. This spur has now been finished and, as you
can see, the corrosion has been removed.

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