Removing Dents from Silver

 

George Jensen sterling silver bowl with the lip of the bowl bent down and dented, and after the dent is removed.

This Georg Jensen bowl arrived with the edge of the dented and bent as if were dropped.  The edge of the bowl was restored. You can't even tell it happened. I was very careful to remove the damage with changing the original hammered texture. Then the bowl was hand polished.


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sterling silver gravy boats with dents

This sterling gravy boat was badly dented from removal of a monogram that made the sterling silver too thin.
 

If a monogram is hand engraved it is usually deep and it is best to not remove the engraving. Adding a small plaque to cover the engraving is sometimes a viable option. The most expensive option is high tech laser to fill in the engraving.  The least expensive and most conservative option is to consider the monogram part of a silver object's history and provenance. 

Machine engraving is generally very shallow and can be removed more easily from sterling silver. Removing machine engraving from a silverplate object would require re-plating. An alternate option may be adding a sterling silver plaque over the engraving.


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This sterling silver dish was bent and crushed on both sides. The photo (right)  doesn't capture all the many dings, dents and wrinkles.  It takes great care to reshape a sterling dish that was bent like this.

I can't make any promises. After a couple of hours of work, I was very pleased with the result (photo left.) So was the customer. A family treasure can now be used and enjoyed. 


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This antique silver bowl is probably from the 19th century and attributed to Burma by the owner. It is an astounding example of chasing and repoussé. The figures were elaborately detailed projecting at least 1/2" from the surface. 

When the customer brought in this bowl, one of the figures had a big dent in the face (right image.)  After pushing out the dented face, the bowl was very carefully polished by hand to restore its over all appearance.


sterling silver candy dish with dents removed & polished

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This sterling silver candy dish arrived badly misshapen and dented.  The customer and I agreed that the edge used to undulate up and down in a regular wave shape. Working within her limited budget, I was able to remove the dents and wrinkles, and then polished the silver candy dish. It was a wonderful gift to hand down to a family member.


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Dent removal on antique 19th century sterling silver claret jug

This antique sterling silver claret jug from India had a long narrow neck. I was unsure that I could get my tools inside the narrow extended neck to remove dents in the belly of this form. By removing the hinge it was possible to insert tools to remove two very large dents and about 20 small dings.