60-Second Silver: Handling weighted sterling silver

You can enjoy the benefit of using your weighted sterling objects for years to come while avoiding damage.

Here are some simple do’s and don’ts:

1. Do not display in a window where the sun will soften the pitch, possibly making the object or appendage droop.

2. Keep away from fireplaces and ovens.

3. Of course you would never put a weighted piece (or ANY sterling) in the dishwasher.

4. Always support a candelabra arm underneath when inserting a candle.

5. Never overtighten threaded candelabra arms or candlestick components.

6. Gently polish and support the piece when working on delicate areas.

7. Use only tepid water when rinsing polish from the object.

8. Never expose dresser brushes, hand mirrors, or related objects to liquids.

9. Do not soak weighted pieces as there may be voids in hollow areas that will fill with liquid.

10. Dresser brushes, hand mirrors, and related objects should always be gently placed on a cotton or flannel cloth on your dressing table to avoid unnecessary wear.

11. If you hear rattling, be particularly cautious in that area because it is not reinforced inside. ?

Jeffrey Herman encourages anyone with silver-related questions that can’t be answered on his Web site hermansilver.com to contact him. He may be reached at 800-339-0417or jeff@hermansilver.com or at PO Box 786, West Warwick, RI 02893.

Jeffrey Herman started Herman Silver Restoration & Conservation in 1984, and has repaired and reconstructed everything from historically important tankards, tea services, and tureens to disposal-damaged flatware. Herman has worked at Gorham as a designer, sample maker, and technical illustrator and at Pilz Ltd., where he learned the fine art of restoration. Herman has a BFA degree in silversmithing and is the founder of the Society of American Silversmiths.

Read more of Jeffrey Herman’s 60-Second Silver columns.


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