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 commonly 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 rips out of the side or the hinge sections break. My goal is to repair the hinge as neatly as possible. Very often I use sterling silver to reinforce and conceal the repair without requiring new silver plating. You can see an excellent example of a white metal hinge repair on a Meriden Communion Flask here. This is a Meriden Silverplate Communion Flagon from 1883. Used regularly by a church, the hinge had ripped from the body. Take a moment to learn more about this antique and the repair.