HINGE REPAIR ON SILVERPLATE COFFEEPOTS & TEAPOTS
This silverplate teapot and coffeepot needed the hinges reattached, a new hinge pin for the teapot hinge and dents removed. In addition the base of the coffeepot was bent and cracked. When removing dents in silverplate, I only work on the inside to push out the dents so I don't damage the silver plating.
Silverplate coffeepots and teapots usually have hinged lids which frequently 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.
With silverplate on white metal the hinge often rips out of the side or the hinge sections break. My goal is to repair the hinge as neatly as possible without new silver plating. Very often I use sterling silver to reinforce and conceal the repair which produces a beautiful result. You can see an excellent example of a white metal hinge repair this Meriden Communion Flask. This is a Meriden Silverplate Communion Flagon from 1883. Used regularly by a church, the hinge had ripped from the body.
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Hinge Repair on Vintage Cigarette Lighter
This sterling silver cigarette lighter had a hinge that was badly worn and broken. A hinge section was missing and it was very irregular. I rebuilt a completely new hinge with five sections of thick walled sterling silver tubing. Five section hinges are more stable. The customer said, "The lighter arrived, and it is splendid – don’t know how you did it, but I remain very awed and extremely pleased!"
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