This sterling silver for this candelabra is very thin (like a piece of paper). To compound this problem, the base, column and candle cups are filled with a pitch like material. Over time the pitch core breaks when the candlesticks are dropped or handled roughly. The candelabra arms are fragile and vulnerable to breaking.
Repairs can only be made with a low temperature solder, but I work hard to make the repair as attractive as possible.
Sterling Silver Art Deco Candlesticks
These sterling silver Art Deco candlesticks were brought to me because they were bent and the candle cup was crushed. This was an incredibly challenging repair, but they were a family heirloom given as a wedding present in 1922. I had to cut a hole in the bottom, remove the core material, spend countless hours straightening the candlesticks, repair the many holes from 93 years of use, and fix the crushed candle cup. Then they were polished and refilled with pitch. Felt is glued on the bottom for an attractive appearance concealing the area I had to cut open for access.
Broken sterling silver candelabra
Sometimes sterling silver candelabra are so broken, ripped and dented they can not be repaired. The sterling silver is very thin, thinner than a piece of paper. When this candlestick arrived it was taped together with scotch tape. When I took off the tape you can see that the filling had broken and fallen out, & the base was wrinkled and torn. The bottom of the base came off completely. The top of the candle cup was torn off. The threaded portion is still screwed onto the candelabra arms. At first I optimistically tried to fix this candelabra. After two hours there was a realization and frustration that it was going to look terrible. Not worth the $170 I was going to charge for repair. I called the customer and said that I didn't think it was worth repair and did not charge her for my time.
19th Century Candlestick Repaired & Polished
This sterling silver candlestick was from the end of the 19th century. It arrived with the candle cup completely broken off and was a huge challenge to put back together. Apart from the difficulties of the repair, there is always the challenge of a the irregularities and wear from 100 + years of use.
This candlestick looks terrific considering the sad condition when it arrived at my studio. Look for the "before" pictures in this gallery of repair images. The candlestick has lots of character but it is far from perfect. The customer did not want to have it plated, and preferred the appearance of old silver, and worn plating.