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    Posted: August 26 2019 at 9:54am
I finally managed to find a WWI lighter in good condition. I've been keeping an eye out for one at local brocantes for a few years now. generally only finding incomplete or damaged examples.
This is made from a 1916 35-87mm she!! case. It is complete and still spark's nicely ans still has the wadding in the fuel chamber.
The 35-87 she!! case is not one that I know much about; so any info would be appreciated.
 Luckily this Sunday I found a standard 35-87 she!! case to compare, and it is the same date: February 1916.
The primer is unstruck in the empty case. How should I neutalise the primer safely?
I cleaned the case in the ultrasonic bath with citric Acid to remove the tarnish. then a quick rub with Brasso.



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What a neat find!  As for the  primer  common motor oil will disolve  it  put a few drops of oil on it and let it sit for  a few days and it should be  dead, Accetone work quicker but you have to deal with the fumes
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The entire trench art aspect is amazing. It's astounding the craftsmanship some people did on bits like that.
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i like that - its so fun to see these old items preserved 
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What a great accessory for blacking sights.  
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Had another great find at our local brocante on Sunday.
Having checked out the 37-85 she!! case on the internet; I got a look at the complete she!! with the Ogive.
I was looking at one stall who had some military stuff; generally rough condition. But then I spotted a tiny steel Ogive. It looked exactly like what I had seen on the net.
Bought it for 4 Euro's. It's a prefect fit.



Also picked up another she!! case; looks like a 1917 date; but don't know anything about it yet!.It has a diameter of about 55mm at the top (inside).

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