Who have the picture of mannlicher 8*50/56 brass stripper clip,thank you ,wendy
Yes, that’s it, but I heard it’s made of copper or brass
It has been said that these clips were made for colonial Italian troops serving in Somalia, Eritrea or Ethiopia where steel quickly rusted, but I’ve never seen any conclusive evidence of this.
But I heard that copper was used in the late qing dynasty in China, but it may be red copper. I have seen pictures, but they are unearthed, and the price is very high, reaching 110 dollars, Wendy
That’s a lot to pay for a clip !
Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc and many dug items are given an aggressive cleaning using chemicals to speed things up. There are people here who will understand the chemistry better than I but these chemicals leach out the surface zinc leaving the item with a reddish/pink colour.
Do you have a picture of one of these clips ?
This is excavated, surface erosion, but not treated