Question on Polishing/Cleaning

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So this morning my boss brought in a very rusted 1872 Cavalry Officer Saber and an unknown bayonet. He wants to polish and clean them to sell them. Should he polish and clean them? Some people say yes, others say no.
 
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So this morning my boss brought in a very rusted 1872 Cavalry Officer Saber and an unknown bayonet. He wants to polish and clean them to sell them. Should he polish and clean them? Some people say yes, others say no.
Since his goal is to sell them, I expect he'll do best if they are cleaned.
 

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I want to elaborate and say that supposing he does clean them, it should be with a view to remove the rust and make them as presentable as possible and NOT to use harsh chemicals or grinding wheels or other abrasives that will damage them. There have been good descriptions and advice given in the forum in the past on how to achieve rust removal without damaging the item(s) involved and you would do well to seek the old threads out and advise him accordingly.
 
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