Firearms, weapons, and other military
items are functional objects that are often well used before they become heirlooms or museum objects.
These objects can be made from many different materials, both
inorganic and organic, including metals, wood, ivory, bone, fabric,
leather, etc.. They are cared for by objects conservators or
textiles conservators (for uniforms and flags). When in doubt,
an objects conservator can help you determine who would be the
most appropriate professional for advice and conservation.
- Wear gloves when handling.
- Clean, and then apply paste wax.
- Relative humidity below 45%.
- Store barrel down if stock is weak or
- Clean off excess oils.
Caring for Firearms
If you have any questions, ask