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Anyone ever get gold wash applied to your silver?

law_doc89 Jul 13, 2014 04:49 PM

I am tired of rushing salad forks or fruit spoons from the table. In the old days, many pieces came with gold washed bowls. Has anyone taken table silver to have spoon and fork bowls gold plated? were you happy with the results?

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  1. c oliver RE: law_doc89 Jul 13, 2014 06:57 PM

    Could you provide the appropriate post since that thread is pretty long.

    Why do you rush the utensils away?

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      law_doc89 RE: c oliver Jul 13, 2014 07:20 PM

      Any silver can react to acids in such as vinegar or to salt and turn black. Gold wash is an old solution that isn't used much anymore.

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        c oliver RE: law_doc89 Jul 13, 2014 07:22 PM

        I've not experienced that. Are you talking about sterling or plate?

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          law_doc89 RE: c oliver Jul 13, 2014 07:40 PM

          Sterling.

          It only has to happen to you once to make you pay attention. Those black spots that can appear on silver are a chemical change.

          It isn't cheap, and I have about 50 pieces that would be appropriate for the process.

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            c oliver RE: law_doc89 Jul 13, 2014 08:49 PM

            So it's not tarnish? I've read that one way to check whether something is fake is by dropping a little bit of a certain concentrated acid on it. The fake turns green and the sterling a cream color.

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              law_doc89 RE: c oliver Jul 13, 2014 08:54 PM

              Yup. But I don;t want to spend a lot to find the results are either inadequate, or ugly.

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                c oliver RE: law_doc89 Jul 13, 2014 09:03 PM

                Sorry. I wasn't clear. Can you use silver polish and remove the stain?

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                  law_doc89 RE: c oliver Jul 13, 2014 10:10 PM

                  With tarnish, yes. Sometimes you can turn the black spots grey, but if you have a chemical reaction due to salt or acid, the silver is changed forever. That is why fish, acid,salt, utensils have SS blades tines, or gold wash, or sometimes, mother of pearl.

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                    c oliver RE: law_doc89 Jul 13, 2014 10:14 PM

                    I think you need to talk to a pro. I don't use my silver all that often but I've never been concerned about the things you describe.

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                      Bigjim68 RE: c oliver Jul 13, 2014 10:40 PM

                      Nor have I. I've never seen silverware with stainless tines.

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                        c oliver RE: Bigjim68 Jul 13, 2014 10:43 PM

                        Only the knife blades have SS as far as I know.

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                          Bigjim68 RE: c oliver Jul 13, 2014 11:01 PM

                          The blades are stainless because silver does not make for a good cutting edge.

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                            law_doc89 RE: Bigjim68 Jul 13, 2014 11:36 PM

                            Many fish forks, for instance, will have hollow handles and stainless tines.

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                              c oliver RE: Bigjim68 Jul 14, 2014 09:53 AM

                              Right.

      2. kaleokahu RE: law_doc89 Jul 13, 2014 10:51 PM

        These folks will do it for you. http://zapffesilversmiths.com/

        Frankly, I don't see much of a need, with the possible exception of silver serving utensils that may stand in fairly acidic foods, e.g., a berry spoon.

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          law_doc89 RE: kaleokahu Jul 13, 2014 11:37 PM

          Thanks for the reference.

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            Sherri RE: kaleokahu Jul 14, 2014 06:20 PM

            Although the website for Zapffe Silversmiths does not say so, the shop is located in Mesa AZ. I have used this shop several times for repair/restoration and have no qualms about recommending Blix Thompson's work.

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              kaleokahu RE: Sherri Jul 14, 2014 06:48 PM

              Hi, sherrib:

              Zappfe has a large presence here in Seattle, too.

              Aloha,
              Kaleo

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                Sherri RE: kaleokahu Jul 14, 2014 07:46 PM

                Hi Kaleo, I'm just plain Sherri; I believe there is another poster named Sherrib.

                Glad to know that Zapffe Silversmiths has more than one location. Perhaps the OP is closer to Seattle than he is to AZ. Wherever he is, I know that my experience has been stellar and I hope the same for him.

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                  kaleokahu RE: Sherri Jul 14, 2014 08:13 PM

                  He's in the Metro DC area.

          2. law_doc89 RE: law_doc89 Jul 14, 2014 05:51 PM

            reading the replies, I am guessing that gold wash is very old and something many haven't seen. My fear is that while very old pieces with gold wash (I have a set of ice cream forks) look great, but I fear that a bright new plating on bowls and tines may look garish.

            1. Candy RE: law_doc89 Jul 15, 2014 02:19 PM

              The only pieces that I have with a gold wash are salt spoons to help avoid corrosion. But, there is no need to rush pieces that have been in contact with acids to the sink. When you are through with the meal is plenty of time to get those things washed.

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