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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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Restoration of Sterling Ball, Black & Co. Coffeepot

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New Silver Polish Abrasion Ratings Guide!

Started by Jeffrey Herman Sep 18, 2012.

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Don't Buy This Product!

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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 March 5, 2012 at 6:48am

Since I'm not an appraiser, you may want to post your question to this group: Antique & Collectable Silver – http://iantiqueonline.ning.com/group/antiqueandcollectiblesilver

Comment by Jeffrey Herman on February 5, 2012 at 7:49am

After the Super Bowl, remember NOT to throw your silver in the dishwasher!


There are four major reasons for keeping your prized sterling and silverplate out of the "chamber of doom:" (1) Any factory-applied oxidation (the black patina in recessed areas) will eventually be removed. (2) The harsh detergent, combined with the washer's high cleaning temperature, is much too abrasive for silver—it will eventually turn it grey or white, with a dull, non-reflective surface. (3) Most older and some repaired hollow-handled knives are filled with pitch. This low-melting cement will expand with heat, possibly forcing open a thin solder seam, or exploding the knife blade out of the handle. (4) Silver that touches stainless in the dishwasher can create a chemical reaction, producing black spots or pitting on the stainless and possibly requiring the silver to be professionally refinished.


Sterling, like a fine automobile, must be handled with tender loving care. You certainly wouldn't drive your Rolls Royce through a car wash, would you?

Comment by Jeffrey Herman on January 21, 2012 at 10:33am

Hello Diane, if there were only more hours in the day.

Comment by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk on January 21, 2012 at 9:46am

Jeffrey, hope you will post on our new Facebook page,http://www.facebook.com/iantiqueonline

Dianne

Comment by Jeffrey Herman on January 20, 2012 at 12:15pm

That's correct. If the underlying metal is yellow: brass/bronze; light grey: nickel (primarily on flatware). 

Comment by Jeffrey Herman on January 20, 2012 at 7:49am

The white paper will show you the subtle differences in the metal. If there is polished silver next to gray metal that won't polish, you have a lead alloy base metal in that area.

Comment by Lillian Dunbar on January 20, 2012 at 6:56am

What am I looking for on the "white paper" test?

Comment by Jeffrey Herman on January 19, 2012 at 12:20pm

You can tell if plating has been removed by holding a bright white paper next to the area.

Comment by Jeffrey Herman on January 19, 2012 at 8:01am

Hello Lillian,

If you're having trouble getting your silver to look the way you want using commercial polishes, you may want to have it professionally polished. I wouldn't want you to purchase a product that will be too abrasive. If you would like to post an image, I  would be happy to give you an estimate. Please tell me if the piece is sterling or plate.

Comment by Lillian Dunbar on January 19, 2012 at 6:28am

What is the best commercial silver polish available? I've tried several types from pastes to liquids. Some brighten a little, but none can get the silver back to its sparkling shine.

 
 
 

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