Hinge Repairs


HINGE REPAIR ON SILVERPLATE COFFEEPOTS & TEAPOTS

Silverplate teapot and coffeepot with the hinge repaired

Silverplate teapot and coffeepot with the hinge repaired

Silverplate coffeepot and teapot with the hinge broken

Silverplate coffeepot and teapot with the hinge broken

Silverplate coffeepots and teapots usually have hinged lids which commonly break in a number of different ways. Sometimes the hinge itself is fine, but the hinge separates from the body or the lid. The hinge can be reattached. It isn't a complicated repair, but there is always risk to the plating as these are usually not the best quality silverplate items. Do not glue the hinge. It won't hold.  

The hinges on silverplate coffeepots are very vulnerable to breaking.
Silverplate coffeepot that had it's hinge repaired and polished. 

With silverplate on white metal the hinge rips out of the side or the hinge sections break. My goal is to repair the hinge as neatly as possible. Very often I use sterling silver to reinforce and conceal the repair without requiring new silver plating. You can see an excellent example of a white metal hinge repair on a Meriden Communion Flask here. This is a Meriden Silverplate Communion Flagon from 1883. Used regularly by a church, the hinge had ripped from the body. Take a moment to learn more about this antique and the repair.