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    Hey boys, I picked up an old Gillette Open Comb today at a local antique store. The patent number shows it as a 1927. The top piece looks like copper, and I don't know if it's gold plated or brass. The bottom of the handle is knurled as is the handle, and the bottom slips off. The handle is hollow. Anyway, my question is, how should I clean this thing up. I don't want to use anything too abrasive incase it is gold plated. Any suggestions? And yes, I am a noob!

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    I would start by soaking it in warm water and dish soap and see if that cleans it up at all before try more abrasive things. You could also soak in water and scrubbing bubbles. a pic would help as well to know if it is rust/plating or just grime.

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    Think it's just grime. I don't see any rust. Thanks!

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    Dow Scrubbing Bubbles and an old toothbrush.
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    Yup, Scrubbing Bubbles works well, as does Fantastik (I'm not sure if you guys get that down in the States?).

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    Yep we do. Thanks for the tips guys!

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    I have a "1934" Gillett that I soaked for a day in dawn and then used an old tooth brush and you would think it to be an"2004" that trick works. And dont you just love the antique stores they are gold mines Two DEs and Two straights for less then $30.00 total.
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    After scrubbing, I would also soak it in some Barbicide or isopropyl alcohol before using it.

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