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iconnumber posted 07-30-2003 09:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for doc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

I have a William Bateman fish slice with a herring bone cut out design on the blade.

One of the "bones" is cracked, and I have wondered whether from a value standpoint it is worth having repaired or whether I should just leave it?

My camera will not take a picture that shows the break in enough detail to be helpful.

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iconnumber posted 08-02-2003 06:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for June Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Depending on how the repair is done, it could increase or decrease the value of the piece. If the repair is done by a reputable silversmith with restoration experience, it is amazing how a piece can be restored. On the other hand, I have seen some horrible repairs that ruin the piece. When considering a smith, ask to see examples of similar work that he/she has done and references wouldn't hurt either.

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iconnumber posted 08-26-2003 06:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FredZ     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just ran across this post and thought I would put in my two cents worth.

June's advice is very sound. The slice probably has a smooth underside which will make the restoration easier than if it were decorated on both side.

The soldering of the "bone" is probably going to anneal the slice and it will be softer and more pliable than when you purchased it. It is possible to harden the silver using heat but most silversmiths will not go to the effort to purchase the equipment required to do the controlled temp for the required time period.

If the slice were mine I would restore it to be able to use it at my next meal.

It would be nice to see an image of the slice.

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