Preserving Antique Silver and Copper Serving Pieces
Style expert Eddie Ross gives new life to old copper and silver serving pieces he found at an antique market in Atlanta
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Believe it or not, but I purchased all of the pieces from Scott Antique Markets in Atlanta and had them restored by some of my favorite artisans. Dan and Beth Walker of North Carolina's Oexning Silversmiths preserved the silver pieces by stripping them to their base metals, removing dents and pits, and then buffing, polishing, and replating them. To bring the life back to copper pieces, I turned to Jim Hamann of East Coast Tinning to make them food-safe and shiny again with a retinned lining and newly buffed and polished exterior.
Before: Restoring the Silver Spoon
After: The Silver Spoon
Dan and Beth were extra careful to ensure the spoons' decorative work and monograms remained true.
Before: Reheating a Copper Pot
I couldn't pass up this Scottish copper pot even though it was corroded in parts and unusable for cooking.
After: Copper Pot
Jim retinned the lining to make it food-safe. Extensive buffing and polishing brought the pot back to its intended shine.
Before: Getting a Re-Grip on Serving Pieces
After: Silver Serving Pieces
Before: Switching Up Table Accessories
After: Table Accessories
Before: From Stove-top to Tabletop
After: Stove-top to Tabletop
Before: Silver Basket
Eddie saw through the layer of tarnish to the decorative appeal of this silver basket.
After: Silver Basket
After a thorough polishing from Dan, this tarnished basket now shines bright.
Rescuing the Ladle
Before the Restoration
The ladle had a gash in its lip and was missing a small area that needed to be patched, as well as years of dirt and tarnish to be cleaned away.
Cleaning and Straightening
Patching the Ladle
Smoothing the Ladle
After: Coin Silver Ladle
After all of Dan's work, the coin silver ladle sparkles in its rightful place on the buffet.