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jmm
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iconnumber posted 07-28-2002 11:38 AM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Looking for history/information regarding a shaving stand, that appears to be silver, marked "Queen City Silver Co. Cincinnati Ohio".

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iconnumber posted 07-28-2002 11:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From Rainwater:
Queen City Silver Co. were manufacturers of silver plate holloware and mahogany novelties c 1888 in Cincinnati. Company liquidated in 1949.

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iconnumber posted 07-29-2002 08:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Looking at the images and hearing privately that the surface if consistant and a soft dark gray in colour, I would guess that it is either pewter or a plate piece that has been stripped down to the base metal. All in all, a nice stand -- I'd be tempted to take up shaving again.

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iconnumber posted 08-05-2002 09:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ulysses Dietz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sorry, guys, I've been on vacation. Have you tried silver polish (or even dip-it)? The color looks awfully like tarnished silver in the pictures, but from the write-ups you might well have the old base metal all over.

Was there a practice of de-plating pieces at some point? I know how you'd get all the plate off a piece, but don't know who would think of doing it and when. De-plating rather than re-plating is an interesting idea...

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danw915657@aol.com
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iconnumber posted 11-16-2003 07:37 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by jmm:
Looking for history/information regarding a shaving stand, that appears to be silver, marked "Queen City Silver Co. Cincinnati Ohio".

I have exactly the same piece. Just recently acuirec. Have you found out anything? My piece has the numbers 32-60 under the "SILVER CO." text
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Dan Williamson
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iconnumber posted 11-16-2003 08:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dale     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There are two methods of silver removal I am familiar with. One is to buff the silver off using wheels and abrasive. This has drawbacks. Where mirrors are concerned the heat generated by the wheels can crack the glass. And can melt the jewelers cement that holds it in place. That is a real mess. From sad experience I can also say that sometimes the heat cracks the brittania metal. Which is beyond a mess: it can be dangerous when the piece breaks and parts go flying. Or literally melt in your hand.


The other method is to reverse plate: put the piece on the positive and have the silver go to the negative. This requires enormous amounts of cleaning. And runs the risk of contanimating the vat with rust, lacquer etc.

Wonder if this has lacquer on it, or some sort of coating.

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