Posted 4 months ago
I have a working 1911 National cash register that my grandfather bought used about 1935 as he was starting into business. He passed away in 1991, and when my parents took possession they “cleaned” it using some kind of solvent that has stripped away the brass tones on all the inlaid panels. Curiously, the outer frame areas around the inlays retained their brass patina. Shy of disassembling it to have the parts re-plated, I don’t know where to begin restoring it, or if that’s even possible. I’ve considered carefully applying some kind of tinted lacquer to the affected areas but haven’t yet precipitated anything that’s possibly ruinous and irreversible. Some of the exposed silver grey finish has since oxidized to a dark dull grey. I don’t care about the resale value in my lifetime, but I do care that this family gem be restored properly. Can anyone suggest how I might go about this?