to polish silver or not?

OlivermctJanuary 29, 2013

Hi all
i'm going to be selling a silver Moet et Chandon ice bucket on Ebay, its quite old and the silver could do with a polish.
I was wondering if i should polish it myself to make it look better for the sale or if a true collector would rather buy it and polish it to their own standard.
I don't want to damage it at all.
Any info would be helpful.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Fori is not pleased

If it's plate, it would probably be good to have it polished somewhat--that way any wear can be seen. If you want more than a few bucks for it, a collector might be concerned that the tarnish is hiding bald spots.

If it's not tarnished enough to hide wear, then I'm not sure. A gentle polishing shouldn't hurt it though.

    Bookmark   January 29, 2013 at 7:48PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Thanks for your informative reply.
I'm looking to get around �600 for it. I have some goddards silver polish at work so I will probably give it a light going over based on your info.
Thanks again

    Bookmark   January 30, 2013 at 6:06AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I agree a gentle polishing will not hurt anything but please do NOT remove the patina that develops around curlyques (sp?). Removing those would hurt value. Tarnish = Bad; Patina = Good. Important to learn the difference.


This post was edited by triciae on Wed, Jan 30, 13 at 14:21

    Bookmark   January 30, 2013 at 7:46AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Three crown stamp on fork: Swedish or U.S.?
Any idea on the age or authenticity of this brass fork...
Copper bowls
Can anyone provide any info relating to these copper...
Cassie- LeBlanc
Haviland France Limoge Covered Veg. Bowl
I have a lovely Haviland veggie bowl here but I can't...
Help identifying Bowl
I have had this Bowl for some time, i can't seem to...
Japanese Floral Calendar Plate Collection by Hamilton
I was given a set of 12 Japanese Chokin plates by a...
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™