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Glyn Chambers

As far as I am aware all Scott barrels  pre war were polished & lacquer put on,I certainly had two detachable  head barrels that I know were original,one well used  long stroke one had turned a pale brownish colour.the other  a short stroke   (yes a short stroke detachable head one )was brand new ex Shipley  and was still a lovely colour.

To get the correct finish on your barrel polish it as best you can & apply a mixure of (oil based) artists   alizarin crimson. with a good heat resisting varnish,You will need to put about two or three blobs of the red about  the size of a pea with about   two or three table spoons of varnish,you will probably need a couple of coats–rub down between coats     —     Potty_