Repair & Polishing of
Silver Baby Cups & Baby Rattles,
Repair of Baby Cups
STERLING SILVER BABY CUP MISSING THE HANDLE
While this looks like an ordinary sterling baby cup the repair was a huge challenge. There was a gaping hole in the top edge where the original handle had ripped off taking part of the cup with it. It had also torn a hole in the side of the baby cup. Unfortunately, the customer had also lost the original handle for the baby cup.
There are no replacement parts for baby cups. My first job was to constructed a new sterling silver handle similar to what I imagined was there originally, but large enough to conceal the ripped hole on the outside. Before attaching the hew handle I rebuilt the rolled edge with sterling silver wire. Finally, I added an circular patch on the inside to conceal the hole repair making the cup water tight. You can't even tell that this cups was repaired.
RESTORATION OF A STERLING SILVER BABY CUP WITH A LIMITED BUDGET
This sterling silver baby cup arrived very beat up, bent and misshapen. As a perfectionist, I would have loved to spend six to eight hours restoring this baby cup closer to its original form, but the customer only wanted to spend $200.
Aligning my repair work to a limited budget, I focused on getting the baby cup shape back to a round-ish shape removing the worst dents and misshapen bottom. The bottom still isn't perfect, but I spend most of my time on the sides which are more visible. The machine engraving on the side was carefully preserved.
Polishing of Baby Cups & Baby Rattles
Polishing sterling silver baby cups and baby rattles is a wonderful way to keep cherished memories for future generations. The baby cups (left photo) had a gold plating on the inside that was only hand polished to preserve the gold plating. I am very careful to avoid polishing the engraving on the baby cups and baby rattles.
Baby Rattles can be polished to rejuvenate their appearance. I have also taken out the dents in baby rattles but this is a major repair as they were not designed for dissassembly.