Lavish Utmost Care on Your Antique Silver for it to Remain Ageless!
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Most people are aware that Antiques are something that belong to the past,
but are not fully aware of their value. Well, if you should find something
that belongs to a long-ago era, and cannot be found today, it is an antique.
If you have ever handled an antique and taken a close look at it, you would
realize that there is no set pattern that has been followed; yet the attention
that has been bestowed on the central design and surrounding details is
remarkably astounding! They obviously indicate a top level of craftsmanship
which is generally missing in today’s jet age. It is precisely because of
these features that the price of an antique is vastly different, as compared
to objects of the modern era.
Among the antiques, silver occupies a pride of place on the list. Even
the trendiest people around would love to own old silver items. As a matter
of fact, the habit of collecting antiques is catching up with people coming
from varied backgrounds; formerly, it was a hobby of the rich and famous
only. Not to be wondered at, considering that television is going all
out to popularize the concept! BBC heads the list of “antique shows with
its Bargain Hunt, Antiques Road Show and Cash in the Attic!
Some amount of dedicated maintenance is required to retain your collection’s
beauty for all time, especially if it concerns cutlery! You do need to
spruce up their appearance from time to time via cleaning and polishing.
Here are some suggestions to be kept in mind when handling your silver
(1) Abrasive materials are to be avoided as far as possible if you do
not want marks appearing on your precious antiques. Despite the best cleaning
efforts, a minute layer of silver will be removed. So stick to soft cloth,
cotton buds, cotton wool, sponges, and silver foam.
(2) You might feel that a specific brand of Silver Dip is great for removing
dirt from all the nooks and crannies, but overuse might lead to erosion
and softening. You do not want those elaborate silver designs to disappear
forever! Silver Dip is advocated for ornate pieces, but do be careful
about utilizing it only when essential.
(3) Only the very best silver polish (in the form of liquid) will do
for your antiques!
(4) If you are planning to clean and polish your antiques before storing
them, use a soft and clean cloth to give a slight dusting once you have
polished the items to perfection. Even an occasional rinse in hot soapy
water will not come amiss. But do ensure that the soap residue is entirely
removed and your silverware is given a thorough drying before you put
Now, you can enjoy your “antique silver” for years to come!