Coffeepots and Teapots Repairs

Sterling silver Coffeepot & teapot repairs

Sterling Diamond 20th-century tea and coffee service after restoration

Sterling silver Diamond 20th-century tea and coffee service

This sterling silver service was designed by John Prip for Reed and Barton in the 1960’s. It was intended to coordinate with the Diamond flatware pattern (circa 1958.) This set arrived with dents in the teapot, creamer, and waste bowl, In the four photos below, you can see a close-up of the dents before they were removed. The teapot was also missing the hinge pin and arrived with a sewing pin in the hinge. After the repairs, the entire set was polished (shown in the above photo.)

Sterling Diamond teapot with the side pushed in at the handle and dent
Hinge pin repair on sterling diamond teapot

This Diamond Teapot (above) arrived with the side pushed in at the handle, a dent in the side, and missing the hinge pin. in the upper photos you can see the original rattan handles.
In the photos (below) you can see the dents in the Diamond creamer and the round edge of the waste bowl.

Dent in the side of sterling Diamond creamer
Dent in the rounded edge of the Diamond waste bowl

Sterling teapot insulator repair

Sterling silver teapot with new hand carved insulators
Broken insulators in the handle
Close-up view of broken insulator and rivet


Sterling silver teapots and coffeepots have insulators that separate the handle from the body so the handle does not get hot. The insulators were traditionally hand carved ivory, ebony or wood. 

This sterling silver teapot arrived with the ebony insulators broken. You can see this in the close up images. To restore the insulators is expensive. There are no insulator parts to purchase. For this coffeepot, I carved a black Delrin, a tough industrial plastic. Carving new insulators takes a tremendous amount of time. Each insulator needs to be hand carved. The larger image shows the new insulators with the handle attached properly. For ivory insulators, an imitation ivory plastic is a suitable material.

Sterling teapot Lid Repair

sterling silver teapot with dents and damaged lid
Sterling silver teapot restored repaired lid and polished

STERLING TEAPOT with damaged lid, spout, and dents restored 

This sterling teapot is restored after very serious damage during a fire. The worst problem was that the sterling teapot fell and the lid was stepped on during the fire. In addition the side was also dented, and the tip of the spout was damaged.

It took great skill and three weeks to repair this teapot. I like to work on such difficult repairs very slowly as it can be very challenging to fix a lid that is stepped on. The damaged spout and dent on the side are more common repairs. 

The restoration of this sterling silver teapot turned out so well that it is impossible to tell that it was ever repaired.

Sterling Coffeepot Base Repair

Sterling silver coffeepot with squashed and wrinkled base
sterling silver coffeepot with the base restored

STerling silver coffeepot with damaged base restored

This sterling silver coffeepot arrived with the base wrinkled, squashed and badly damaged because it was dropped and it landed on the base. The photo (left) doesn’t even begin to show the devastating damage. I was able to remove the wrinkles and restore the base so that the coffeepot sat flat. The customer said, “My coffee pot has arrived, and it is beautiful again. Thank you so much for restoring it for me. “

Sterling teapot Dents Removed

Sterling silver coffeepot had dents removed and the handle repaired.

sterling silver 19th-century coffeepot - Dents removed and handle repaired

This sterling silver 19th-century teapot had a couple of dents, and the handle was "wiggly." The goal was to preserve the original ivory insulators as the customer was not intending to use this coffeepot except as decoration.

The rivets in the ivory insulators were poorly done in a previous repair using a brass wire and steel wire instead of sterling. Two of the pins into the ivory insulator were missing. I drilled out the old brass and steel pins which is really challenging. Then I replaced all four pins into the ivory insulators with sterling silver wire.  

The dents in this coffeepot were carefully removed with skill, patience and strength. I never hammer dents, but push them out from the inside. Finally the coffeepot was lightly polished. 

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Silverplate Coffeepots& Teapot repairs

Broken insulators on a silverplate coffeepot
Silverplate coffeepot insulator repaired


The handles of silver plate coffeepots and teapots often break off at the insulators. My goal is to preserve the silverplating while repairing the handle at the insulator using sterling silver sheet.

Silverplate Coffeepot with knob repair and spout repair
Silverplate coffeepot spout repair

Silverplate Coffeepot knob reattached to lid, Hinge repair and spout reconstructed

This silverplate teapot arrived with the knob broken off the lid, and the hinge was broken as well. That was a pretty easy straight forward repair. The real challenge was that the tip of the spout was broken off into about five separate little broken pieces.  In the right photo you can see that that spout is back together. I fused the separate pieces back together and carved the rebuilt spout to camouflage the extensive reassembly effort. Then I added a sterling silver wire at the edge to strengthen and unify the appearance.

Since I don't do any silver plating the repair does show because the solder is a slightly different color, otherwise, the repairs turned out very well. This coffeepot has a lot of sentimental value that can not be replaced. 

The customer said, "I received the teapot in excellent condition and wanted to thank you again for the excellent repair work and customer service you provided.  I am so pleased to have my mom's piece back and restored to near perfection.  You truly are a skilled artist and silversmith." 

Art Deco Coffee urn Repair

Hot water urn with the spigot broken off
Hot water urn with the spigot repaired


This Art Deco urn was brought in for repair because the spout had broken off. This urn is probably an Art Deco (circa 1930 -1932) piece judging from its design and the nickel plate finish. Working carefully to avoid damaging the nickel plating, I was able to repair the spigot. Nickel plate can be polished very nicely by hand with Simichrome All Metal Polish and a soft cloth. Use Q-tips to get into the corners and edges. 
CAUTION: Do not use Simichrome Polish on silverplate items.