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Trafalgar braces past their prime...

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Over the years, I've been fortunate enough to acquire several pairs of Trafalgar Woven Limited Edition Silk Braces. The years have taken their toll, and the edges/borders on some of these are quite worn, enough that they really don't look their best any longer. Specifically, they are threadbare, uneven and frayed on the edges, and are actually wearing through from the backside where they had rested over my shoulders.

Nothing lasts forever, least of all artisan woven silk braces, but the question is if there is some better fate than good-willing them.

Does anyone have any suggestions, ideas, or experience to share as to what they've done when their own have reached a similar, unwearable state?

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As a collector with somewhere along the lines of 50-60 pair of Trafalgar LE's, I've always found the best answer to fraying is a product called 'Fray Check' or something like that. You can find it at any of the fabric or Bed Bath Beyond type of stores.

By very carefully running the brace edges through the applicator tip, a small amount of some fluid simply removes all the loose silk edges, and you are left with a VERY presentable pair of vintage braces!

I agree about the patina - something about well cared for braces that are older than I am. They just look great.

But sadly, no: Nothing lasts forever!
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