I thought I would post about cleaning nickel plated parts using cider vinegar. The lamps I selected were probably not the best choice for such a demonstration delivering not so photogenic results but I decided I would upload them anyway in case someone found them interesting. From the stable of Curtis and Harvey we have the good, the bad and the ugly in the form of an evening star table lamp, a kildark lantern and a completely dead pre 1926 evening star lantern which appears to have been in a fire. I used quite a weak mix to reduce the risk of anything going pink. The ratio was 3 kettles of boiling water (It soon gets cold) to 6 good glugs of cider vinegar. Parts are immersed for 5 minutes or so then fished out and given a brush to assess what is going on. Any sign of anything going pink it's straight into a bucket of water along with anything that has had the crud brushed off. Once dried parts often look similar to how they started, the next step is a brush with a soft brass wire brush to remove stubborn deposits which should now be a lot easier for having a wash. The final step is a quick buff with metal polish, I use autosol but other brands are available.