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Silver Care & Restoration

Post your questions and receive researched answers on the care, restoration, and conservation of silver holloware, flatware, and jewelry from silversmith Jeffrey Herman.

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Website: http://www.hermansilver.com
Location: Rhode Island
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Latest Activity: Sep 2

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Restoration of Georg Jensen Tankard 1 Reply

Started by Jeffrey Herman. Last reply by AC Silver Antiques Aug 27.

old stainless steale 1 Reply

Started by Brend Clark. Last reply by Jeffrey Herman Jun 28, 2013.

Restoration of Sterling Ball, Black & Co. Coffeepot

Started by Jeffrey Herman Jan 21, 2013.

New Silver Polish Abrasion Ratings Guide!

Started by Jeffrey Herman Sep 18, 2012.

Repair of Cast Iron Match Safe 2 Replies

Started by Jeffrey Herman. Last reply by Jeffrey Herman Jul 14, 2012.

Don't Buy This Product!

Started by Jeffrey Herman Feb 3, 2012.

Precious Metal Fraud

Started by Jeffrey Herman Nov 28, 2011.

Buyers of Chinese "Sterling" Beware!

Started by Jeffrey Herman Nov 25, 2011.

Dangerous & Destructive Chemical Dips

Started by Jeffrey Herman Nov 23, 2011.

Keep Silver out of the Dishwasher!

Started by Jeffrey Herman Nov 22, 2011.

Candles and Weighted Silver

Started by Jeffrey Herman Nov 22, 2011.

Don't Trust all Silver Polishing Videos!

Started by Jeffrey Herman Nov 21, 2011.

Removing Dried Polish

Started by Jeffrey Herman Nov 21, 2011.

New Finding in Tarnish Removal

Started by Jeffrey Herman Nov 21, 2011.

Tarnish Formation

Started by Jeffrey Herman Nov 21, 2011.

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Comment by Jeffrey Herman on June 28, 2013 at 4:27pm

It's getting humid out there! That means your silver will develop more tarnish if you don't use silica gel in your cabinets to absorb that moisture. For all the info, including the best (and worst) polishes to use, hop on over to Herman Silver Restoration & Conservation. You'll be glad you did!

Comment by Jeffrey Herman on June 28, 2012 at 12:44am

I just finished a very difficult job. Filling in engraving with molten sterling is difficult. Filling in chased lettering is even more challenging!

Comment by Jeffrey Herman on May 19, 2012 at 12:01pm

Silver Polish Abrasion Ratings

Do you love the polish you're currently using because it removes tarnish at light speed? Are you recommending it to all your friends? If so, you may very well be ruining your sterling, and especially your silverplated objects! See how your polish rates among many others – you may be VERY surprised!

Comment by Jeffrey Herman on April 8, 2012 at 2:36pm

The Silver Enthusiast Newsletter #3 has just been released! 

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Comment by Lillian Dunbar on March 15, 2012 at 2:48pm

Thanks for the info, Jeff.

Comment by Jeffrey Herman on March 15, 2012 at 2:37pm

Hello Lillian, The most secure way to reattach that handle would be to clean out the tubing, reinsert the rod, and solder it. Cost for that procedure would be approximately $60.

Comment by Lillian Dunbar on March 15, 2012 at 2:17pm

What would be the best way to secure the handle on this tray that keeps popping apart?

Comment by Ellen Wiley on March 7, 2012 at 4:08pm

Jeffrey thank you so much for your input.  I will take it to have it checked out.  This information will be helpful to me in the future also.  I appreciate your response.

Comment by Jeffrey Herman on March 7, 2012 at 12:38pm

Normally, if an object is solid silver it will be indicated on the piece. Examples are: Sterling, 925, 925/1000, 900, Coin, Standard, 9584 (English Britannia), 800 (Germany), 84 (Russia), etc.). Most American-made objects are marked on the bottoms of holloware and on the reverse on flatware. Foreign-made objects can be marked most anywhere, and are sometimes accompanied by additional marks applied in the country's assay office which tests the quality of the precious metal during its manufacture. Rarely will you find a piece made of solid silver that isn't stamped. If an object isn't stamped, a non-invasive identification method is judging by tarnish color. Silverplate will exhibit a blue-purple hue, where solid silver will exhibit grey-black. If you cannot determine if an object is solid silver, consult a silversmith or jeweler who may use an acid test. 

Comment by Ellen Wiley on March 7, 2012 at 11:41am

I have a pair of Sterling silver Eugen Ferner 1968 S & P shakers.  I also have a large round tray with a glass insert also Eugen Ferner.  This has and M above the name and 1968 on the bottom also. I do not see the word sterling anywhere on the tray. Both of the items were brought over from Germany by the same person and I am trying to find out if the tray could also be sterling.  I was going on the assumption that since the S & P shakers were the tray would be also.  Any info or suggestions.  I have spent a lot of time online trying to find out anything about the tray with no luck.  Thanks for any help you can give me.

 
 
 

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