Reply To: Cleaning and Conservation of Silver items

Carol Bergeron

My advice comes from my many years as an antiques dealer rather than a conservator. I have used most of the processes described and I have learned that the calcium carbonate and other dip processes will remove the important characteristics of the silver piece. Depth in a design is emphasized by the “natural darkening in the recesses of ornamental pieces and engravings [and/or] A factory-applied chemical used to darken the recesses of a design to enhance its details and give it a three-dimensional look.” This is an excellent site to learn much more about silver and its car. I will say I use a cream polish, either Wrights or Goddards.