Antique brass is a popular collectors item. and brass has been used over the years to make tools and decorative items since the biblical times. Old brass should not be shiny like modern brass - part of the charm is the patina finish achieved because of the age. For this reason, any old pieces that we sell are not cleaned prior to despatch otherwise any value is decreased.
If you wish to give old brass a bit of a clean it is suggested that soaking an item in vinegar or lemon juice is a gentle way to clean heavily tarnished pieces.