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to polish silver or not?

Posted by Olivermct (My Page) on
Tue, Jan 29, 13 at 18:58

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.

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RE: to polish silver or not?

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.

RE: to polish silver or not?

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

RE: to polish silver or not?

  • Posted by triciae Zone 7 Coastal SE CT (My Page) on
    Wed, Jan 30, 13 at 7:46

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

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