Our son bequeathed me his collection of swords and knives to use as decorations in Narnia–high on the walls out of reach of the GKs, of course! They had been stored in his basement, and several of the blades were badly rusted while the scabbards had a mildewy haze. Below are the knives and swords after we got them back from High Point Antiques: cleaned, de-rusted, polished and given a protective finish. The knives look great now, but the scabbards are still pretty dingy.
Here’s a close-up of some of the scabbards.
Then I wiped it dry with another clean rag. This left the leather of the scabbard moistened and richer in color (although I’ll probably use some Lexol Leather Conditioner to further moisten and restore the leather).
Another project down!