The squadron has been donated an old RAF sword & scabbard which we are using purely as part of a squadron trophy (not parades before we go down that rabbit hole).
However being old it could do with a bit of cleaning up.
Any advise on the best way to clean and maintain both the sword and the scabbard?
Reading online its very clear that you should not use brasso on the sword itself as this will affect the gilt. However nothing is mention about the scabbard rings or the chape which looks to be more brass than gilt. It is suggested that the black leather of the scabbard can be cleaned with ordinary shoe polish so I assume this basically the same as bulling it.
I assume there is an official RAF Manual somewhere on sword maintenance but no idea where I would find this. The sword has Kings crown so quite old so whilst I am wanting it to look nice I don’t want to permanently damage it.
Cheers for all your help