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Tom C
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    I quite agree with you about oiling blocks versus paint. I have some experience with the maintenance of blocks and rigging in this day and age, but my Library of Rigging manuals falls short of telling me what was appropriate for what era. Currently my thoughts are that the blocks were oiled (for your aforementioned reason) but at some point I think painting became a practice, for instance I have seen Victorian photography which show blocks in the background, and they appear to be too light in colour to be oiled elm.it would be nice if there was an admiralty directive that dictated this!