The four spoons circa 1820, coin silver (left) were severely dented, dinged, and misshapen from years of use and neglect. The right spoon was actually cracked and bent.
These silver spoons were carefully restored by reshaping the spoon bowls, soldered as necessary to repair the cracks and polished. While I would not normally polish 200 year old silver this shiny, it was necessary because of the severe damage and extensive repair work.
Replacing a rusty steel knife blade
This child's knife with sterling silver handle was a family heirloom but the knife was rusty and looked terrible. In the (top) photo you can see the original knife blade in the sterling handle with the replacement knife above.
The rusty steel knife blade was replaced with stainless steel. The restored knife is shown in the bottom of the photo. The selection of new stainless steel knife blades is limited.
Baby Spoon Repair
This sterling silver baby spoon handle was misshapen and the bowl of the spoon was bent. The customer said she stepped on the spoon. It was also very discolored from tarnish.
The handle had a faint engraved monogram which I worked very hard to preserve.
Urn used for hot water, tea or coffee
This urn (left) was brought in for repair because the spout had broken off. This urn is probably an Art Deco (circa 1930 -1932) piece judging from its design and the nickel plate finish. Nickel plate can be polished very nicely by hand with Simichrome All Metal Polish and a soft cloth. Use Q-tips to get into the corners and edges. CAUTION: Do not use Simichrome Polish on silverplate items.
Sterling silver candlesticks
Sterling silver candlesticks were very tarnished and dull looking.
The dents in the candle cup are not cost effective to repair in this kind of candlesticks, but once they are polished they are much more attractive.
Antique Carving Forks
For these antique carving forks, the clip-like fixture on the back was removed as requested by the customer. This modification made these carving forks more useable. The steel carving fork was polished. Extra care was taken to protect the mother of pearl handle (top) and celluloid plastic handle (bottom).
Repairing Sterling Silver and Silverplate Baby Cups
Sterling silver and silverplate baby cups often arrive for repair after hard use. Dents, dings, bent, and misshapen or broken handles are a common repair for baby cups.