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, silverplate 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.
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.
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 with 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 candlecup.
Polishing knives, Forks, & Spoons
Knives, Forks and Spoons are called flatware. Polishing is all done by hand and priced per piece. The cost depends on the condition of the flatware and your expectations. Do you want your flatware polished or completely refinished?
Silverplate Urn with Frozen Spigot (before and after polishing)
This silverplate urn arrived very badly tarnished and covered with a cloudy film from cigarette smoke. The urn spigot was frozen and stuck. The goal when polishing silverplate is to preserve the plating with a very careful, skillful approach. 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.
silverplate teapot sugar and creamer polished
This silverplate 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 silverplate, 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 silverplate trays
Polishing silverplate trays has an unpredictable outcome. This silverplate tray turned out so great it is hard to tell this is the same tray. If your silverplate tray 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 silverplating 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 copper or white metal base 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.