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    Quote Originally Posted by Tobus View Post
    I'll have to shave the lip off the bottom and find a way for one of the studs to cover up the notch as best I can, but I think this brass piece will be the center boss.
    You might consider using a file or drill bit to add 2-3 more notches of the same size equidistant around the perimeter and use them as your stud guides to attach the erstwhile lid.


    As far as cleaning/polishing, I used Brasso, an old toothbrush and persistence to clean up what I presume are some old US Army tunic buttons that I found in my ggf's barn - probably WWI era, though he never served - when we were cleaning it out. I had to use a penknife to get the dirt out of some of the tiny grooves on the front of the buttons.
    John

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    From what I can tell, looking at photos of surving targes, the bosses are constructed from thin sheet metal, not cast. Cast leads to more weight, which is never a good thing for a something a soldier is carrying.

    Here are a few photos of a targe that recently was at auction. I unfortunately did not get to examine it. Im not convinced its actually a folding targe, and not just a broken targe.

    oconnertarge.JPG

    oconnertargeback.JPG

    oconnertargedetail.JPG

    oconnertargedescription.JPG

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    The information simply raises the question of why you would want or need a folding targe. If you carry it folded it will weigh just as much as opened. You certainly cannot use it folded. Perhaps the wood is simply split?

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    Wouldn't the position of some of the bosses and the nails attaching them near the joint prevent the targe from folding?

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    Given where the split is and that two bosses are right there on it, I think the wood has somehow broken and the targe was not originally made to "fold."
    Last edited by MacRob46; 11th May 19 at 08:20 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guthrumironhead View Post
    Wouldn't the position of some of the bosses and the nails attaching them near the joint prevent the targe from folding?
    Yes. It should be obvious to anyone that the targe in those photos is simply broken, and not designed to fold in half. I cannot think of a more silly idea for a battle shield than making it foldable. Especially where this one breaks, right in the middle.

    Indeed, the studs and boss on the front negate the folding theory.

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    Just shows you cannot rely on auction house descriptions. "Rare Folding Targe" indeed!

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