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Lycoris

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iconnumber posted 04-16-2022 01:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lycoris     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have several plate items that I would love to have re-silvered. Does anyone have any recommendations for a reputable re-silvering service in Central Texas or online?

Here is the most interesting one (obviously in need of cleaning, so sue me! LOL):

ETA: The base metal appears to be brass.

There are no marks of any kind at all that I could find anywhere. I don't imagine there are too many makers of such an unusual item - I've never seen anything like it.

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Kimo

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iconnumber posted 04-18-2022 12:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kimo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I do not live in Texas so I cannot make any recommendations, but something to consider is that plating requires the object to be clean and polished since plating will follow the surface that it starts with. And by clean, I include ensuring there is no corrosion or buildup of polish or dirt or the like. Preparation before plating can be time consuming and costly. And the result after plating will be a very shiny object with no patina which may or may not be what you want.

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Lycoris

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iconnumber posted 04-22-2022 12:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lycoris     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Kimo:
Preparation before plating can be time consuming and costly. And the result after plating will be a very shiny object with no patina which may or may not be what you want.

I understand about the preparation... that's absolutely key to painting, staining, or really any process that covers an existing surface. I might try to tackle it myself and see how far I get.

As for patina, I don't have strong feelings one way or the other, although I'd prefer this particular piece to be more shiny, bright silver than not.

Patina on food items makes me a little twitchy, though, as it feels an awful lot like dirt, but that's just one of my weird quirks.

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Silverpath

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iconnumber posted 04-22-2022 08:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Silverpath     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I don't collect silverplate but had the opportunity to buy a very unusual tray by Christofle recently from a friend in France. It was worn so she insisted on having it replated before I received it. The work was done in France and is beautiful. Despite a lot of engraving on the original surface, the new finish is incredible.
Although I wouldn't suggest shipping from Texas to France for the silver-plating, the website hermansilver.com lists a number of very specialized restoration specialists including silverplating under resources.

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Lycoris

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iconnumber posted 04-25-2022 08:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lycoris     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Silverpath:
Although I wouldn't suggest shipping from Texas to France for the silver-plating, the website hermansilver.com lists a number of very specialized restoration specialists including silverplating under resources.

Thank you for the resource! I'll check them out!

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