Flatware Repairs

 

Sterling Silver Fork Tines Reshaped and Polished

Sterling silver forks with fork tines damaged and uneven
sterling silver forks with the fork tines even and polished

Fork tines often wear unevenly. The tips get bent and the outer tines getting worn shorter than the two inside tines. For these forks the ends of the tines were filed even, reshaped and given new points. Then the forks were polished. The customer said, "i received the package with the forks.  They are beautiful!  Thank you for your great work."  


REPAIRING EARLY 19TH CENTURY SPOONS

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This photo shows four coin silver spoons circa 1820.  These silver spoons are very thin  and were severely dented, dinged, and misshapen from years of use and neglect. The right spoon was actually cracked and bent.

These silver spoons were carefully restored by reshaping the spoon bowls, soldered as necessary to repair the cracks and polished. While I would not normally polish 200 year old silver this shiny, it was necessary because of the severe damage and extensive repair work.


BABY SPOON REstoration

Baby Spoon after repair and polishing
Baby spoon dented crushed and misshapen

This sterling silver baby spoon handle was misshapen and the bowl of the spoon was bent. The customer said she stepped on the spoon. It was also very discolored from tarnish. The handle had a faint engraved monogram which I worked very hard to preserve.


sterling silver Baby spoon repaired with matching fork

sterling silver baby spoon repaired with matching fork
sterling baby spoon repaired with patch and matching fork

The sterling silver baby spoon in the images above arrived broken in two pieces. I soldered the baby spoon back together adding a patch on the back to strengthen the repair. Spoons always break at the same place, right where the handle attaches to the bowl, as you can see in the example below. These are always very challenging repairs. Because the baby spoon was silver soldered it had to be completely refinished and polished to remove fire scale. The sterling baby fork was polished to match. 


Repair of Sterling spoon that is a family heirloom

sterling silver spoon broken in two pieces is a family heirloom waiting for repair
Sterling silver spoon arrived broken repaired with patch on the back.

This sterling silver spoon is a family heirloom that arrived broken in two parts. Spoons usually break right where the handle tapers and attaches to the bowl. It was soldered back together with a sterling silver patch on the back to reinforce and strengthen the repair.  The patch is attractive, and I was careful not to cover the hallmark on the back. 


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This sterling baby spoon arrived with the bowl of the spoon completely broken off. 

The bowl of the baby spoon was soldered on to the handle.  I added a beautiful patch on the back of the spoon bowl and handle (where it was broken) to strengthen the repair. The patch shape mimicked the shape of the handle. It looked so great that you would have thought it was originally part of the spoon.

This is a very challenging repair but worth restoring a family memento.

 

 

 

 


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This child's knife with sterling silver handle was a family heirloom but the knife was rusty and looked terrible. In the (top) photo you can see the original knife blade in the sterling handle with the replacement knife above.

The rusty steel knife blade was replaced with stainless steel. The restored knife is shown in the bottom of the photo. The selection of new stainless steel knife blades is limited.


REPAIRING sTERLING HANDLE KNIFE

Sterling handle knife repaired and polished
broken knife with sterling silver handle

Occasionally, the knife blade comes out of the sterling handle. The original stainless steel knife can be reset into the handle using pitch - the traditional material. The joint between the knife and sterling handle will be soldered for a seamless joint. 

sterling silver handled knives with the blades reset in the handles

All of these knives arrived with the knife blade pushed out of the handle. This is most often caused by putting your sterling handled knives in the dishwasher or soaking your knives in very hot water for an extended period of time.  Never put sterling handled knives in the dishwasher.

To be repaired the knife blade must be removed from the handle and all the pitch removed from the handle to start fresh. The handles are refilled with pitch. I do solder the juncture of the knife blade to the handle for a more attractive finished look.  Then the sterling knife handles are polished.   I simplified the description of the repair, but reality is that this is a very messy, dirty smelly process. 


antique carving forks updated and polished
antique carving forks with mother of pearl celluloid handle and

For these antique carving forks, the clip-like fixture on the back was removed as requested by the customer. This modification made these carving forks more usable and more modern in appearance. The original steel carving fork was polished to remove rust and pitting. Extra care was taken to protect the mother of pearl handle (top) and celluloid plastic handle (bottom).


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sterling silver jelly spoon and butter knife

Extensive damage to sterling silver jelly spoon bowl  was repaired. Unfortunately, the sterling silver butter knife was broken in two pieces. The butter knife was soldered back together adding an attractive patch on the back for additional reinforcement and then polished.