Silver applied colonial shoe buckles

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Not sure if there is an layer of iron in between, or they are completely Iron backed? They are solid, so I am thinking they are probably layered.... Used a little clr on one, but way too scared to actually soak it... or electrolysis... Thoughts?
 

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My buddy found a pair similar to your second pic. They were actually stacked together. The silver veneer would lift right off the iron base. I would not use electrolysis unless you can remove that silver layer. Even then I wouldn't. You might not have a lot iron left after electrolysis. Maybe a judicial use of or spot treatment with one of those chemical rust removers might work. That is a tough one.
 
My buddy found a pair similar to your second pic. They were actually stacked together. The silver veneer would lift right off the iron base. I would not use electrolysis unless you can remove that silver layer. Even then I wouldn't. You might not have a lot iron left after electrolysis. Maybe a judicial use of or spot treatment with one of those chemical rust removers might work. That is a tough one.
I used a CLR on the cleaner one, and it worked well, but there are significant areas of rust on top of the silver. Maybe I will just take five minutes a night with the CLR, and see how it goes......
 
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