My first post here, not sure if this type of thing is allowed or accepted and couldn't find anything in the rules. So just let me know if this is a no-no.
I picked this badboy up for just $40 with the tripod yesterday from craigslist. Protip: search the antiques section for camera. I was able to grab this off someone who knew nothing about it that's why I got it for so cheap. Anyway, on with the pics.
The head of the tripod was broken and will be getting its own restoration as well with new fittings and hardware. And the ability to use a modern head on top of it. But for now this will do. I used a bolt with some washers to support the camera.
For the initial cleaup, I used a variety of chemicals. The first being liquid gold to clean and treat the wood.
You can see here how dirty it was (dust) then how it looked with the dust off, and finally how it looked once treated (the lower level).
Upon closer inspection you can see the mnfr stamp.
The metal fittings have started to pit and show some serious wear, although they are in relativly good shape still.
So I took them all off
it was filthy underneath
But I cleaned and treated it all