White spots on Morgan help

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  1. bradgator2

    bradgator2 Supporter! Supporter

    I have an 87 Morgan that has some white spots that appear in the right light/angle. Looks like a beard of snow. Any idea of what it is?

    It looks like it is on the surface like dried soap scum. But it is only in the chatter on her chin/jaw.

    These photos are all slightly different light angles.

    (edit: just noticed it the hair above her ear too)





    Last edited: Feb 20, 2020
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  3. Kentucky

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    Oooooo...she needs a dermatologist. In the meanwhile, you could put it carefully in the sink and let hot water run over it for 30 seconds or so and blot it dry with a soft cloth (no rubbing) and see if that helps.
  4. desertgem

    desertgem MODERATOR Senior Errer Collecktor Moderator

    I suspect it is reflective light from some sharp abrasions that formed shear surfaces ( tiny sharp flat)I do not think it is chemical residue or such. Collectors many decades ago would "thumb" the coin, trying to minimize the sharpness by rubbing them. If is it a residue , that's the best chance to solve it as rubbing it will show IMO, Jim
  5. bradgator2

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    This is something along the lines of what I was thinking. Mainly because it is only found on that chattered area on her jaw. I do feel like I’ve seen it before on others. I’ll hunt for them tonight.
  6. bradgator2

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    I think you are right. I was able to get a pic through a 30x mag. Amazing. At 10x, they still looked like spots.

    What would cause such extreme tiny fine scratches?

    Last edited: Feb 21, 2020
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