Anyone know anything about Eglentine bits?

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  1. cmrtoner

    cmrtoner Senior Member

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    Ok so when I got my horse his harness, it came with a 5 1/2" straight mouth liverpool bit. It was kind of dingy so I decided to try to sell it. I cleaned it up really good and there's a brand on it that says "Eglentine". Does anyone know anything about these bits? I looked online and a bunch of WWII bits came up. I would like to find out more about it :)

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    They are old. I'm not sure how old, but I'd wager that they had stopped making them by the early '70s. I associate the Eglentine? Eglantine? brand name with Whippy, but both Whippy and Eglentine are before my time.

    I think it's an alloy with some aluminum in it or maybe it is all aluminum. Aluminum was *the* metal of the '30s and '40s and on into the '60s for housewares, art, architectural details, etc. Eglentine oxidizes like aluminum, and it polishes to a bright white like aluminum.

    I have a small collection of vintage Eglentine Prussian style stirrups for my saddle seat English show saddles b/c I prefer their glare-white metal gleam to either stainless steel or to Neverust, which is nickel. I buff them with a rotary polisher and polishing compound but you can hand polish it ad nauseum until you get it done.
     
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    cmrtoner Senior Member

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    ahhhh i'm stuck using some elbow grease! i wish i had a polisher. I've been trying to research them but theres like nothing around...thank you for that info though!
     
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    Here's my method for Eglentine and Neverust and solid nickel:
    1. Mix vinegar with some salt (don't know how much just "some", lol) in a container the right diameter and depth to completely submerge the item.

    2. Completely submerge the item and soak it as briefly as possible, just enough to strip off the outer layer of oxidation, green stuff, whatever. Soak as little as possible since this mix is extremely corrosive. Submerge the item b/c you'll wind up w/ an etched groove at the water line if you don't. (Boiling in cola, diet or regular, may do the same. Haven't tried it.)

    3. RINSE VERY THOROUGHLY to remove all of that acid. Run it through the dishwasher is usually good. Don't leave any acid anyplace like between the shank and the mouthpiece. It will keep on eating the metal.

    4. Use soaped steel wool pad like SOS Pad, Brillo Pad or any knockoff the scrub the item until it's bright.

    5. Polish with Mother's brand aluminum and mag polish from automotive store, or Wal-Mart, or hardware store.
     

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