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cbc58

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iconnumber posted 06-25-2018 09:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cbc58     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I came across a nice old spoon, but to my dismay the seller had performed an acid test on it. Argg.

What is the best way to remove acid test marks or can that even be done? Not the first time that I've seen this happen. Can it be buffed out? Tks. in advance.

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seaduck

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iconnumber posted 06-25-2018 10:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for seaduck     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm not sure I've seen this. How did you recognize it? What should I look for?

This strikes me as a good example of one of the problems of collecting silver seriously -- how to develop connoisseurship.

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cbc58

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iconnumber posted 06-26-2018 10:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cbc58     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
They drop acid onto the piece to attempt to determine if it is silver or not. The acid leaves a chemical burn mark that can vary in color. Fairly noticeable. If you do a search for "acid test silver" on the web you will see examples of what to look for.

I am guess that you have to remove the effected silver to remove the mark. Criminal what some people do to fine old silver.

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asheland

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I would just polish over it like normal and see how it looks. Anything more may make it worse as it will look like its been messed with further.

I don't care for the practice of filing into a piece but I see it with some regularity.

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