I found this pile of silver put aside for melting. It was sorted out because it had no 800 or higher numerical mark. So re-sell is difficult. Good for me, but sad to see that the new items are re-sold, while the old stuff is molten.
I want your opinion on restoring. The items are from 1780 to 1870, with the majority from between 1840 and 1850.
The spoon are simple to restore, just a few dents to remove.
But some of the forks are worn down.
I could shorten the prongs of the forks and re-sharpen them. Works usually well, I have done this on 20th century forks before.
But how much sould be done on a fork from 1840?
This example is a fork from Zurich, 1840, widow Hegi.
If I leave it as is it ends up in the bin for melting. If I shorten the prongs I alter the design, but give it a second life.
Is there an age limit after which an old item should be left as is?
What is your opinion?