I have had some very good advice again from some very knowledgeable members, many thanks.Gudgeon Jim wrote:I personally would leave it as original as possible. I think i would try and glue the split together and as for the piece that has been inserted . If it stops the smaller section been stored inside i would drill it out with a brace and long bit . If it doesnt affect storage then i would leave alone.
Ive in past re whipped an entire pole and as nice as it looks it lacks character. I tend to now just re whip where whipping has gone or split. Some i have have a very nice patina others look like they have been coated in treacle but thats what attracts me to them they all been individual.
I have one someone as shot with a .22 pellet and i have thought about repairing many times but decided it doesnt affect its working so have left it alone .
I will try to remove the inserted section, and a gentle tidy up, then use it.