Sterling Silver Georg Jensen Forks and spoons restored
All of these forks and spoons arrived with damage by the garbage disposal and knife marks on the backs of the fork tines. All of this flatware was repaired removing the damage while keeping the soft hand-hammered finish.
Sterling Silver Fork Tines Reshaped and Polished
Fork tines often wear unevenly. The tips get bent and the outer tines are shorter than the two inside tines. For these forks the ends of the tines were filed even, reshaped and given new points. Then the forks were polished. The customer said, "I received the package with the forks. They are beautiful! Thank you for your great work."
Garbage Disposal Damage Repaired
Garbage disposal repair of Five O'Clock Teaspoon "Frontenac" by International Silver
This spoon went through the garbage disposal misshaping the spoon bowl and leaving damage to both the bowl and handle pattern of this Five O'clock teaspoon Frontenac by International Silver. After reshaping the bowl, I do the best I can to remove the gouges from the garbage disposal with great care to preserve the handle decorative motif.
Garbage Disposal Repair on Spoons
The most difficult aspect of garbage disposal damage on spoons is reshaping the bowl. Bowl shapes do differ slightly for each pattern, plus I am trying to reshape the bowl and save as much of the silver teaspoon bowl as possible. Most likely after the repair the bowl will be slightly smaller depending on how chewed up the edge was before I started. Sent an extra spoon if you want me to try to match the bowl shape, otherwise, I will make my best guess.
Antique English silver spoon restoration
These two beautiful spoons arrived with severe damage to the back of the bowls from a blender. They had deep gouges. Using my state of the art welder I filled in the deep gouges with sterling wire. They turned out close to perfect. Filling in the gouges takes extra time but kept the full thickness of the spoon bowl.
Baby Spoon and Fork Repairs
Sterling silver baby fork badly damaged from the garbage disposal
This sterling silver baby fork was badly damaged from the garbage disposal. It really bent the fork tines and chewed up the fork and handle. The goal is to straighten the tines and remove as much of the chew marks as possible. I worked around the original engraving to preserve this family heirloom. Both the baby fork and spoon were polished so they matched for future generations.
Garbage Disposal Damage and repair of a baby spoon
This sterling silver baby spoon was very badly damaged from the garbage disposal. It had extensive chew marks and the spoon bowl was dented and misshapen. I was able to reshape the spoon bowl, but in this case the handle pattern was so badly damaged that a lot of the pattern detail was lost. Most important is the sentimental value.
BABY SPOON RESTORATION
This sterling silver baby spoon handle was misshapen and the bowl of the spoon was bent. The customer said she stepped on the spoon. It was also very discolored from tarnish. The handle had a faint engraved monogram which I worked very hard to preserve.
Sterling Silver Baby Spoon Repaired with Matching fork
The sterling silver baby spoon in the images above arrived broken in two pieces. I soldered the baby spoon back together adding a patch on the back to strengthen the repair. Spoons always break at the same place, right where the handle attaches to the bowl, as you can see in these photos. Soldering a broken handle on a spoon are always one of the most challenging repairs. After the baby spoon was silver soldered it had to be completely refinished and polished to remove fire scale. The sterling baby fork was polished to match.
knife repairs and restoration
Knives in sterling silver handles are traditional set in the handle with pitch. This way the knife blade can be repaired or replaced. Below are a number of different examples of knife repairs and restoration.
REPAIRING STERLING HANDLE KNIFE
Occasionally, the knife blade comes out of the sterling handle. The original stainless steel knife can be reset into the handle using pitch - the traditional material. The joint between the knife and sterling handle will be soldered for a seamless joint.
Resetting Knife Blades in Sterling Silver Handles
All of these knives (left photo) arrived with the knife blades pushed out of the handle. This is most often caused by putting your sterling handled knives in the dishwasher or soaking your knives in very hot water for an extended period of time. Never put sterling silver handled knives in the dishwasher.
To be repaired the knife blade must be removed from the handle and all the pitch removed from the handle to start fresh. The handles are refilled with pitch. I do solder the juncture of the knife blade to the handle for a more attractive finished look. Then the sterling silver handles are polished.
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Antique Christofle Knives polished
These antique Christofle knives arrived rusty and discolored (left photo.) Removing the knife blades and putting in new stainless steel blades was an option, but then the original Christofle mark on the blades would have been lost. Instead I polished the steel knife blades and the silver handles. When these steel blades are used they need to be washed and dried immediately. Immediate application of Lip Balm will prevent rust.
Repairing Sterling silver Knife Handles
Repair of sterling silver handles
These sterling silver knife handles arrived with the seams on the side split (upper left photo.) Soldering split and cracked seams on sterling silver handles is complicated by the fact that dirty split seams do not like to solder. After removing all the pitch on the inside, I cut down the seam for a clean fresh straight line into thicker metal, insert a shim of sterling silver sheet, and solder this shim in place. The repaired seam is nearly invisible, and much stronger.
These repairs are not inexpensive. The seam on these sterling silver knife handles were split on both sides of the handle. This is a common scenario but double the work. After all the soldering and refinishing of the handle is the second repair - reinserting the knife into the handle. Replacement of the entire knife would be less expensive, but you can not replace the sentimental value that these knives have been used for generations of family dinners.
Sterling silver handled carving set rePaired and restored
Carving sets arrive with a variety of issues. I polish both the sterling handles and the steel forks and knives. Replacement carving knives in stainless are available, but I recommend polishing the original knife if possible to keep the character and style of the original knives. It was all a marathon effort and extremely hard to do. The steel does not polish easily because the metal is very hard. The pits from the extensive rust can not be completely removed, but the knives are irreplacable and worth keeping if you don't mind imperfection.
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Repair of Antique Silver Flatware
Antique IRISH sILVER SPOONS RESTORED
These 19th century Irish spoons arrived with the bowls bent and misshapen. Old silver is often very thin. I think it is a combination of 150 years of wear combined with the fact that the silver was thinner than modern silver. The bowls often bend at the same place - the widest part of the bowl. I reshaped the spoon bowls and tried to gently work harden the silver at this crucial area, but extra care should be taken when using old silver.
REPAIRING EARLY 19TH CENTURY SPOONS
This photo shows five coin silver spoons circa 1820. These silver spoons were severely dented, dinged, and misshapen from years of use and neglect. The right spoon was actually cracked and bent.
These old silver spoons are always very thin and inherently fragile. They were carefully restored by reshaping the spoon bowls, soldered as necessary to repair the cracks and polished. While I would not normally polish 200 year old silver this shiny, it was necessary because of the severe damage and extensive repair work.
Resetting Antique Flatware
Sterling handled antique appetizer forks and knives - reset
This set was accidentally put in the dishwasher. Every fork and knife had to be reset. The fork and knife is silver plated brass inserted in thin delicate sterling silver handles.
Broken Flatware Repair
Sterling silver fork before and after repair
This sterling silver fork was broken. To repair this properly, a patch is put on the back of the fork to strengthen the repair. This is extra work and costs more but it is worth the investment, otherwise the repair is too weak. It would be a false economy to repair this without a sterling silver patch. It is less expensive to replace the fork rather than repair it, but not all flatware is replaceable. There is also no replacing sentimental value of using a work that has been at family meals for generations.
Extensive damage to sterling silver jelly spoon bowl was repaired. Unfortunately, the sterling silver butter knife was broken in two pieces. The butter knife was soldered back together adding an attractive patch on the back for additional reinforcement and then polished.
Repair of Sterling spoon that is a family heirloom
This sterling silver spoon is a family heirloom that arrived broken in two parts. Spoons usually break right where the handle tapers and attaches to the bowl. It was soldered back together with a sterling silver patch on the back to reinforce and strengthen the repair. The patch is attractive, and I was careful not to cover the hallmark on the back.
Silverplate Flatware Restoration
Repairing and plating of silverplate flatware is usually not worth the expense unless this is a family heirloom or collector’s pattern. Below are some examples of silverplate restoration. Do not even consider repair or restoration of silver plate flatware as a cost saving measure, it is not!
Restoration of rare silverplate cheese scoop family heirloom
The customer wanted to restore a rare silver plate cheese scoop, but the handle was badly damaged. To restore this rare serving piece I took off the handle from a silver plate knife in the same pattern. Then the cheese scoop was reset into the silver plate handle. This type of repair is not to save money. The purpose was to complete a set for a difficult to find pattern.
Restoration of Silver plate Faceted Grapefruit Spoon
The faceted bowl of this silver plate grapefruit spoon was chewed up by the garbage disposal. I filled in the gouges with my high tech welder, carefully reshaped the damaged spoon bowl, and after all the work, it was silver plated. It cost close to $300 for one teaspoon. (including shipping.) Repairing silver plate is definitely not worth doing unless you can not find a replacement.
Repair of Wooden Salad Sets
Wooden Salad Fork and Spoon Repair
The photo above shows wood spoons and forks for salad set replacements. This selection is the only possible replacements. inventory to repair your wooden salad set.