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is silver more valuable tarnished or cleaned?

Posted: Wed May 27, 2009 12:53 am
by edevildude
I was wondering if silver flatware, more specifically a fruit bowl spoon is more valuable tarnished or cleaned? any tips on the best way to clean tarnished silver would be great to, thanks!
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Posted: Wed May 27, 2009 1:14 am
by JLDoggett
Tarnished or polished are not states of value except when talking marketability. The maker, style, period, finess of make, wear, damage all affect value. Salability is often influenced by the surface condition. The patina on a piece is best judged on a piece that has been properly cleaned. Overpolishing can reduce both the patina and its marketability; while mechanical polishing can reduce the value in a collector's eye.
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Posted: Wed May 27, 2009 1:28 am
by Hose_dk
Silver should shine - always.
But I gave up with this Christofle bowl. It came into my possetion much to late - much to late...
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Today it is in the garden with flowers. But silver should alway shine....
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Posted: Thu May 28, 2009 1:21 am
by JLDoggett
Ouch!
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Cleaning very dirty silver

Posted: Tue Jul 21, 2009 3:24 pm
by bizzbar
do this outside in open air. silver foil in a bowl with bread soda same same biocarbonate of soda.
boiling water.
leave for a few days rinse and polish .chemical reaction
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Posted: Wed Jul 22, 2009 6:55 pm
by ValkyrieVixen
Tarnish and Patina are two separate things.
Patina is the softened glow that comes with age and use. A simple polishing won't remove that.
Tarnish is the black oxidation that actually damages the metal so should be removed, the patina won't be removed unless it is over polished.
I've heard several times that silver used for food should always be polished.
Some people like jewelry to be tarnished because they think it shows age but once the tarnish comes off on their clothes they might change their mind. :)
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Posted: Sat Mar 06, 2010 5:58 pm
by computermatter10
As the purity of the silver decreases, the problem tarnishing increases.
Several products have been developed for the purpose of polishing silver that serve to remove sulfur from the metal without damaging or warping it. Because harsh polishing and buffing can permanently damage and devalue a piece of antique silver, valuable items are typically hand-polished to preserve the unique patinas of older pieces. Techniques such as wheel polishing, which are typically performed by professional jewelers or silver repair companies, are reserved for extreme tarnish or corrosion.
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