Thank you Alan for sending this post in. I love to see old organisers restored and put back in to use.
Nearly two years ago, I saw an eBay listing for an intriguing planner binder, a Timberland, that appeared to have good heavy, well-worn leather, but what really caught my eye was that it had ring protectors. I was able to win the auction at a rather good price and about a week later, it arrived.
It was a bit musty and quite worn, with rust on the ring mechanism.
I removed the rings from the Timberland to clean underneath, and found that there was a lot of rust inside:
I attacked the rust with WD40 and a toothbrush and left the Timberland out in the garage for a few weeks, periodically giving the rust a few minutes of attention. It did clean up somewhat, but not perfectly. I also took advantage of having the rings out of the way to clean the leather inside and out with saddle soap and then touch it up with show polish. I also decided that it made no sense to put the old rings back in:
I had picked up a Filofax Adventurer that was complete trash, and decided to replace the Timberland rings with the Adventurer one, only to discover that they were incompatible: The Adventurer used rivets and the Timberland used the clip in style of early Filofaxes and still used by firms like Gillio and Van der Spek. I had an old Lincoln that had seen better days and decided to sacrifice it for the rings.
The rings went in with a snap and a click. I am very happy with the result: