Have your silver professionally polished.
Each spoon, fork, knife, candlestick or silver hollowware object is polished one at a time with a buffing machine or small one inch buffing wheels. Buffing compound is applied to the buffing wheel to remove tarnish and scratches. This is hard, dirty work but it will vastly improve the appearance of your sterling silver, silver plate or brass.
A recent quote from a customer said, "Thank you so very much for your superb workmanship! Our candlesticks never have looked so beautiful!
Polishing Sterling silver
STERLING SILVER COFFEE AND TEA SERVICE.
This image includes 13 pieces in total including the sterling tray, hot water kettle, two coffeepots, teapot, sugars, creamers, waste bowl, and two baby cups. I polished all this work and returned it to the customer in five days.
While you can polish your silver at home using a quality silver polish such as 3M Tarni-Shield, the polishing job I can do for you involves significantly more effort, and produces a remarkable transformation.
STERLING SILVER Tablescape African Baobab Tree
The details and texture of this sterling silver African Baobab tree were polished to be bright and white the way the customer wanted. It took days. This tree is much larger than you would expect and very heavy. I got it polished in time to accommodate the clients upcoming deadline.
Sterling silver bowl with ELABORATE detail
It doesn't matter whether your sterling silver bowl is big or small, elaborately detailed or plain, I polish everything.
sterling silver box covered with hand engraved signatures
This box was polished extremely carefully to preserve the exquisite detail in the hand engraved signatures.
Sterling silver Tiffany indian influence water pitcher
This elaborately detailed sterling silver water pitcher was dirty and tarnished with old silver polish in the crevices. Clean up started with a good cleaning. I only "polished" the inside edge, smooth sterling and wire details. This is perhaps most amazing piece I ever worked on. The details of the floral pattern, and elephant had remarkable fidelity.
Removing dents before polishing sterling
This sterling silver Revere Bowl arrived with the lip of the bowl dented and another dent in the side. The edge was restored to its original shape and the dent removed. The bowl was polished to the original highly polished 20th century finish.
Polishing candlesticks and candelabra
Sterling silver Menorah
This sterling silver menorah was badly tarnished. A family treasure from the late 19th century or early 20th century, all it needed was a careful polishing to restore its appearance for the next generation. It has a spun and stamped stem with cast filigree arm structure.
Sterling Silver Candelabra polished
Sterling silver candelabra polished. Take care when polishing candelabra arms to use a very gentle touch. Use make up pads and q-tips rather than a cloth to avoid pushing and pulling on the arms. When inserting candles support underneath the candle cup.
Removing Lacquer & polish
These sterling silver Art Nouveau candlesticks arrived tarnished with a dark, irregular appearance because they had been lacquered to prevent tarnish. Lacquering silver is not recommended. Over time the lacquer discolors. Wear and scratches allow the sterling underneath to tarnish, but it is impossible for the customer to polish them because of the lacquer.
Removing the old lacquer will restore the appearance of the silver with the brilliance of original appearance.
Removing lacquer takes time but does not damage the silver. I remove the lacquer with patience and Q-tips so as you imagine this does cost more, but it is well worth the effort. These Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Candlesticks arrived with dull, irregular appearance. They were lacquered. The lacquer was removed and then the candlesticks were polished. I do not recommend lacquering silver. It always gets dull, and yellow over time. Small scratches and abrasion of the lacquer allows the sterling silver to tarnish, and you can’t polish these imperfections because of the lacquer. (Removing lacquer is possible but is double or more the price of polishing because it takes so long.)
Forks, Knives and Spoons are called flatware. Polishing is all done by hand using a polishing machine and buffing compound. It is priced per piece. The cost depends on the condition of the flatware, whether it is sterling silver flatware or silver plate, and your expectations.
Silverplate Urn with Frozen Spigot (before and after polishing)
This silverplate urn arrived very badly tarnished and covered with a cloudy film from decades of cigarette smoke. The goal when polishing silverplate is to preserve the plating with a very careful, skillful approach.
The urn spigot was frozen and stuck. Spigots often get frozen from years of dried up crud from coffee or tea. Do not force them as this just bends the handle. A lot of careful attention, disassembly, repair and reassembly fixed this spigot. If you have an urn, always run hot clean water through the spigot to remove residue. Perhaps a little olive oil in water will help lubricate the spigot before storage. Rinse again before the next use. T
Antique silver plate teapot sugar and creamer polished
This silver plate teapot, sugar and creamer were badly tarnished (left photo) The wooden handle on the teapot seemed loose. By replacing the rivets the handle was much firmer. After carefully polishing the silver plate, the faceted design really reflected the light. The large sugar bowl indicated the customary use of a lot of sugar in tea during the 19th century/ early 20th century.
Polishing 20th century silver plate
Polishing silver plate objects has an unpredictable outcome. This silver plate tray turned out so great it is hard to tell this is the same tray. If your silver plate is dark or black with tarnish that is a good sign there is enough plating to carefully polish it without new silver plating. Sometimes the silver plating is too worn and it can not be polished. Indications of damaged silver plating are corrosion, a pitted surface, or the plating is worn down to the base metal material. Send me a photo, and I will offer my best guess about what can be done.
Polishing brass and tin
New Mexican Tin Candlesticks Restored
These New Mexican Tin Candlesticks arrived with decades of grimy dust and dirt. In addition, they were broken and needed to be soldered back together. After the repair and hours of buffing with tiny brushes they look amazing.
Brass 19th century Menorah
This cast brass Menorah is a 19th century East European family heirloom. It arrived with bad scratches from removing wax with a knife and the customer wanted to pass this down to her daughter with a renewed appearance. Remove wax with your fingernail only.