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I agree with that Paul, I think some people get hung up on dirty = more antique or it’s the dirt from history 😆
Nothing looks finer than polished up brass on anything.
There is this same topic on most collection sites, same with medals, you get guys who think the patina (dirt) has historic value. A retired soldier, like my grandfather, would still dutifully pull out his medals and polish them with brasso and silvo even when he was 84 LOL He would not be happy, like most old vets, to think of his awards getting black and tarnished