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iconnumber posted 05-20-2001 01:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JoyDawn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am looking a horse bridle that is trimmed in inca silver. I would like to know what inca silver is? Is this another cheap silver or is a a better quality? What type of cleaning would be required to keep it looking nice? Thanks for any help you can give me.

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iconnumber posted 05-21-2001 10:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Brent     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Supposing that this is an older piece, and not something new, it is most likely that your Inca Silver is actually a copper alloy normally called German or nickel silver. It contains no actual silver, or at least no more than a trace. Around the turn of the last century a number of manufacturers made goods out of german silver and called it things like Alaska Silver, India Silver, Solid Silver and various other trade names. These items were advertised as "better" than silver plate because they were solid and would not wear through. Nevertheless, they are not real silver.

As for polishing, German silver just won't take a very high polish. It always will look a dull gray or yellow, depending on the exact alloy. Any commercial silver or copper polish should work to clean it up and make it look its best, but it will never look as good as real silver. If you want it to look great, you might consider having it electroplated.

I hope this helps!


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iconnumber posted 05-21-2001 11:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JoyDawn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You were a lot of help. I really appreciate the information.

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