While visiting blogs a couple of days ago, I ran across ANTIQUECHASE's post on succulents and silver. I had seen this idea before -- maybe on that same blog -- but I wanted to give it a try. I knew I had some old tarnished pieces, so went in search of a few. The first piece I spotted was black with tarnish, so I decided to shine it up a bit. I had tried polishing this double vegetable dish without success a year or so ago. At one point, it had apparently been wrapped in plastic wrap -- a big no-no for silver -- and small bits were adhered to it, seemingly permanently. BUT! I recently discovered a great blog called Silver Magpies that gives tips for caring for silver. As recommended, I soaked the dish in very hot water -- three times -- then used silver polish and a lot of elbow grease. The polish recommended on Silver Magpies is Goddards, and now I can also recommend it highly! Anyway, here is a "before" photo.
interesting website with information about hallmarks on silver holloware. I learned that Reed and Barton used small symbols in their hallmarks to indicate which year pieces were made. Mine had a tiny bell on it, indicating it was made in 1951.
I will be linking to Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch.
RED WHITE AND BLUE ALL OVER
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