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Every one of these trophies arrived with old lacquer. It had yellowed and chipped, yet because of the lacquer the client could not polish the trophies. Great skill and care restored these trophies to new pride even though they were over 100 years old.
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These silverplated trophies from the 19th and early 20th century arrived tarnished and black because the lacquer had deteriorated, yellowing and chipping off. Because of the lacquer the customer could not polish the trophies. In this photo the lacquer was removed, and they were carefully polished. The gold plating on the inside was polished carefully to a magnificent golden color. The silver plating was polished carefully to avoid the cost of new silver plating. Restored they are proudly shown in a local foundation collection. Look for single images of each trophy in the photo album. 

I love doing this kind of work. I get to handle and admire every detail of this antique trophies reviving their beauty.  
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This beautiful trophy arrived black and discolored with tarnish and old lacquer. The handle was broken with a portion missing. Since the handle was a soft white metal & very fragile, I rebuilt the handle with sterling silver wire.  It turned out fabulous! The gold plating on the inside was a rich gold color.
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Sterling Art Deco candlesticks are now repaired. It was a tremendously difficult job. Look for "before" picture.
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Both of these sterling silver candlesticks were crooked. One of the candle cups was crushed. This probably happened when the candlestick was droppped.   
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This was how the samovar looked before I polished it. In person it looked even worse than the photo reveals with 100+ years of dirt and old lacquer.

The original finish was nickel plate on brass, but most of the nickel plate was not thick enough to polish.

Look below for the amazing "after polishing" photo. This family heirloom is restored to a eye catching treasure for everyone to treasure.
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You can polish your silver at home by hand with silver polish and a soft cloth, but I can do a much better job. The polishing machine buffing wheel rotates at 1750, or 3500 R.P.M. per minute. Polishing compound it applied to the buff. All this work is done by hand with 100% of my attention.  

Using a polishing machine is NOT a D.I.Y. activity. Polishing is dirty and dangerous. Hazards include the dust from the polishing compound, and concern that the buffing wheel will rip the object right out of your hands. The very big risk is that the object can be ruined by the buffing wheel in many different ways.

Do not try doing this yourself.
 
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Samovar polishing comparison. Left side is polishing in progress. The right side is the unpolished side. It looked even darker and dingy than you see on the right when it first arrived. Look for the "before " photo sent by my client.  It was dark, dingy gray before I  started removing 100 years+ of dirt and oxidation.

Washing, and hand polishing were not an option. I tried. Only aggressive polishing with polishing wheels and polishing machine for about seven hours restored it's amazing finish.

Look for the photo of the samovar completely polished on this site.
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