Flatware Repairs

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Sterling Silver Georg Jensen Forks and spoons  restored

All of these forks and spoons arrived with damage by the garbage disposal and knife marks on the backs of the fork tines. All of this flatware was repaired removing the damage while keeping the soft hand-hammered finish.


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

Sterling Silver Fork Tines Reshaped and Polished

Fork tines often wear unevenly. The tips get bent and the outer tines are 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."  


Garbage Disposal Damage Repaired

 Garbage disposal damage to sterling silver spoon International Silver Frontenac
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Garbage disposal repair of Five O'Clock Teaspoon "Frontenac" by International Silver

This spoon went through the garbage disposal misshaping the spoon bowl and leaving damage to both the bowl and handle pattern of this Five O'clock teaspoon Frontenac by International Silver. After reshaping the bowl, I do the best I can to remove the gouges from the garbage disposal with great care to preserve the handle decorative motif.


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 Garbage disposal damaged is repaired for these two sterling silver teaspoons 

Garbage Disposal Repair on Spoons

The most difficult aspect of garbage disposal damage on spoons is reshaping the bowl. Bowl shapes do differ slightly for each pattern, plus I am trying to reshape the bowl and save as much of the silver teaspoon bowl as possible. Most likely after the repair the bowl will be slightly smaller depending on how chewed up the edge was before I started. Sent an extra spoon if you want me to try to match the bowl shape, otherwise, I will make my best guess. 


 sterling silver baby fork damaged by garbage disposal
 sterling silver baby fork restored after garbage disposal with matching baby spoon

Sterling silver baby fork badly damaged from the garbage disposal

This sterling silver baby fork was badly damaged from the garbage disposal. It really bent the fork tines and chewed up the fork and handle. The goal is to straighten the tines and remove as much of the chew marks as possible. I worked around the original engraving to preserve this family heirloom. Both the baby fork and spoon were polished so they matched for future generations. 


Baby Spoon Repairs

 Baby spoon damaged by garbage disposal
 Baby spoon repaired and polished after damage from the garbage disposal

Garbage Disposal Damage and repair of a baby spoon

This sterling silver baby spoon was very badly damaged from the garbage disposal. It had extensive chew marks and the spoon bowl was dented and misshapen.  I was able to reshape the spoon bowl, but in this case the handle pattern was so badly damaged that a lot of the pattern detail was lost. Most important is the sentimental value. 


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

BABY SPOON RESTORATION

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 baby spoon repaired with patch and matching fork

Sterling Silver Baby Spoon Repaired with 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 these photos. Soldering a broken handle on a spoon are always one of the most challenging repairs. After 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. 


Knife Repairs and restoration  

 sterling silver handled knives with the blades reset in the handles

knife repairs and restoration

Knives in sterling silver handles are traditional set in the handle with pitch.  This way the knife blade can be repaired or replaced. Below are a number of different examples of knife repairs and restoration. 

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REPLACING A RUSTY STEEL KNIFE BLADE

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.


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REPAIRING STERLING HANDLE KNIFE

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. 


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 Knives reset into the sterling silver handles

Resetting Knife Blades in Sterling Silver Handles

All of these knives (left photo) arrived with the knife blades 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 silver 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 silver handles are polished.    

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 Antique Christofle Knives rusty and neglected
 Antique Christofle Knives with the blades polished

Antique Christofle Knives polished

These antique Christofle knives arrived rusty and discolored. Removing the knife blades and putting in new stainless steel blades was an option, but then the original Christofle mark on the blades would have been lost. Instead I polished the steel knife blades and the silver handles. When these steel blades are used they need to be washed and dried immediately. Careful and immediate application of Lip Balm will prevent rust.


Carving Set Repairs 

 Antique mother of pearl carving fork and celluloid handle carving fork 
 Antique Carving Forks  Updated

ANTIQUE CARVING FORKS

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 handled carving set sharpened and polished

Carving sets sharpened and polished

Both of the carving forks are steel and arrived very corroded.  The steel was polished best possible* to restore their appearance. The carving knives were professionally sharpened. The sterling handles were polished.

*The steel was very deeply pitted. While I can polish the steel, the deep pits from rust and corrosion were not removed because I would have had to grind away too much of the steel. Steel knives and forks can be maintained by washing immediately after use, and wiping with Burt's Lip Balm every time before storage. 


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 sterling silver carving set tarnished and rusty
 sterling silver carving set polished sterling and steel

Sterling silver handled carving set restored

This carving set arrived with the steel forks, knives and sharpener all badly rusted (left photo.) The smaller carving fork and knife also needed to be reset into the handle.

An option to keep the character and style of the original knives is to polish the steel knife, steel carvng fork, steel sharpener and the sterling silver handle. It was all a marathon effort and extremely hard to do. The steel does not polish easily because the metal is very hard. The pits from the extensive rust can not be completely removed, but the knives are irreplacable and worth keeping if you don't mind imperfection.   


Repair of Antique Silver Flatware 

 antique Irish silver spoons bent tarnished
 19th century Irish spoons restored

Antique IRISH sILVER SPOONS RESTORED

These 19th century Irish spoons arrived with the bowls bent and misshapen.  Old silver is often very thin. I think it is a combination of 150 years of wear combined with the fact that the silver was thinner than modern silver. The bowls often bend at the same place - the widest part of the bowl. I reshaped the spoon bowls and tried to gently work harden the silver at this crucial area, but extra care should be taken when using old silver.


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REPAIRING EARLY 19TH CENTURY SPOONS

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

These old silver spoons are always very thin and inherently fragile. They 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.


Broken Flatware Repair

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sterling silver jelly spoon and butter knife

STERLING SILVER BUTTER KNIFE AND SUGAR SPOON SET

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.


 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.

Repair of Sterling spoon that is a family heirloom

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.