(Closed) Anybody have antique or heirloom flatware?

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Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

My grandmother has always cleaned her own silver, but I will say you are probably on the right track by contacting antique stores. Also, a furniture restorer will likely be able to help with the box, and who knows, they might have a name for you in regards to the silverware. 

 

Actually, now that I think about it, lots of jewelers carry old silverware. I bet they could help you.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

My grandma used to have “polishing” days. IT was a good chance when i was a younging for slave labour. I do remember those days being great fun.

I suggest the DIY route if you cant find anyone.

I didnt inherit silver but inherited a Royal Dolton plates/tea set. They sit in a glass cabinet but dont get polished. Occasionally dusted.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I think it is actually easiest to do it yourself once, and then remember – if you use it, you never have to polish it.  :o)

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

My mom has some, and we always polished it ourselves. I have memories as a little girl sitting there polishing the flatware before all of the special occasions. My Mother-In-Law doesn’t use hers b/c she’s too lazy to polish… I’m hoping one of them will pass theirs down to me.

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I use antique silverware. We polish it ourselves. Part the silverware sacrifice, I guess. If you use it regularly, SeptCABride is right–you shouldn’t need to keep polishing it.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@Mrs. Spring:  I would get a professional opinion on the now v. later question.  I know that letting it sit can errode the silver, but cleaning it often won’t hurt it.  However, I only know from personal experience, so ask someone who *really* knows.  :o)

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’d look for old family-owned businesses in your area.  Where I live there is an old china shop and and old jewlery store that sells fine china and I’m sure they’d service silverware.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Have you tried polishing just one piece to see how it cleans up? Then you would know whether you really need a professional cleaning/restoration.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

And once you get a professional opinion, let the rest of us know.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I would do it myself if I were you. Antique silver usually has a lot of grooved details that turn black over time – and that’s how it is supposed to be! You should never clean it so thoroughly that you remove the blackened patina from the details of the pattern. My family owns a 4th generation jewelry store and this is what my grandfather always taught his customers. You should clean the top surface to be shiny, and that’s it. This allows the intricate pattern to be displayed properly. When you don’t try to clean off the many years of patina from the pattern, it’s not that big of a job. Also – never use those “dip” silver cleaners, as they strip all the tarnish, including the patina. Use a cream cleaner and a soft cloth and go gently on it.

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper

Its pretty labor intensive once you get started, so I can’t even imagine what somebody would charge to do flatware. How many pieces?

I polished mine for years and got tired of it, so it sits in the box tarnishing away! I did polish all my silver candlesticks and used a clear spray poly on them afterwards to keep them nice. That’s held up for years now, but it can’t be used on any serving pieces or flatware.

Polish some yourself and use them regularly so they stay silver,especially things like ladles and serving spoons.

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