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.

Dents removed from Sterling silver George Jensen Bowl

This Georg Jensen bowl arrived with the edge of the bowl dented and bent as if were dropped (left photo.)  The edge of the bowl was restored. You can't even tell it happened (right photo.) I was very careful to remove the damage without changing the original hammered texture. Then the bowl was hand polished.

Dents Removed -Antique Silver

sterling silver gravy boats with dents

Removing dents from sterling silver gravy boat

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. It is not a good idea to remove the engraving by abrasives or polishing. There are two possible options. Adding a small plaque to cover the engraving is sometimes a viable option. The other option is to fill in the engraving using a high tech state of the art welder which I can also do. 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.

Dents Removed-  20th Century Sterling  

sterling silver coffeepot restored after a crushed base and dent

sterling silver coffeepot before and after restoration

The photo above is after the base of this sterling silver coffeepot is repaired and the dent in the side was removed. In the photos below, you can see the photos of the crushed and wrinkled base, and the dent in the side. Sharp dings and wrinkles are the most difficult to remove.

coffeepot with crushed base leaning over

sterling silver coffeepot w/crushed base

crushed and wrinkled base of sterling silver coffeepot

Close-up of the wrinkled base


Sharp wrinkles like this are challenging

dent in the side of a sterling silver coffeepot

Sharp dings with deep marks damage silver

Sterling silver water pitcher with large dent and many small dents.
Sterling silver water pitcher with high polish

Sterling silver Water pitcher with large dent removed and polished

This water pitcher had one large dent in the side, and many small dings and wrinkles. The silver is never hammered to remove dents. I gently push out the dents from the inside and burnish the outside to remove imperfections. After the surface is improved it is polished. The highly reflective finish is hard to photograph because it is like a mirror. You can see me reflected in the water pitcher.

dent in sterling silver creamer
dent removed from sterling silver creamer and polished

Dent removed from sterling silver creamer

The dent is hard to see in the left photo, but it was definitely there for years before the customer finally decided to have it removed. I always work very carefully from the inside to push out the dent keeping the full thickness of the sterling. By the time I was done, it only needed a careful polishing for perfection.

Sterling silver 20th century dented plate
sterling silver plate with dents removed and polished

Sterling silver serving plate wrinkles / dings removed and polished

20th century sterling silver is very thin and easily dented. Though it is hard to see in the left image, the plate had wrinkles, bends and many dings in the surface.  After very carefully removing the wrinkles, bends and marks this small tray was polished to its original polished finish. 



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

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

sterling silver candy dish with handle dented and misshapen
sterling silver candy dish with handle

sterling silver candy dish with dents removed & polished

Sterling silver candy dishes from the mid-20th century are very thin sterling silver and easily dented or misshapen.  Removing dents and reshaping the silver candy dish must be done slowly and carefully to push the silver back into shape. After all the dents are removed, the final step is a professional polish.

 Dents removed - Antique Asian Silver



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 (left image.)  After pushing out the dented face, the bowl was very carefully polished by hand to remove the yellowed tarnish.

sterling silver 19th century antique with dents removed

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. The customer was very pleased as he bought this silver claret jug at auction hoping it could be restored.

Dents Removed from Silverplate

19th-century silver plate teapot with dent
antique 19-century silver plate teapot with dent removed

Dent removed from silverplate 

Dents can be removed from silver plate as in this antique 19th-century teapot. I work very carefully to remove the dent by pushing it out from the inside to avoid damaging the silver plating. Pushing out the dent on silver plate will be about 90% toward perfection as I do not work on the outside.  

Silverplate butter dome with dent removed.
Silverplate basket with dents removed and base reshaped without damaging the silverplating.  e

19th century silver plate butter dome (left photo) and Victorian basket (right photo) both had dents removed without damaging the silver plating. The dents must be pushed out from the inside or underside to avoid damaging the silverplating.