Vintage Equipment: How Much Restoration?

Don't jeopardize historic value when restoring vintage equipment

Wire-brush, rusty wrench, drill setting-scale
To restore, or leave as-is? Draft horses harness hames of the same design (shown at the top of the photo) are shown in a deteriorated condition at left, wire-brush burnished at center, and brushed and painted at right. At center: An unrestored, rusty wrench at left; a burnished grain drill setting-scale plate at center, and at right, a gate latch that has been burnished and coated with linseed oil. At bottom: An unrestored pitchfork at left; a painted and slightly weather single tree at center; and at right, a pitchfork with an oiled handle and painted metal.