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Worn gilding / Varnishing

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Joined: 07 Feb 2010
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Location: London, UK

Posted: 11/02/2010 
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Hi all. Two questions please:

1. I have some typical large sterling silver corinthian column candlesticks which have very worn gilding. I understand that the gilding is put on silver by an elctroplating process. Is it possible to reverse the process - I would like the candlesticks to revert to their original silver and they match another pair I have.

2. Still on candlesticks. I would like to know if it is possible to remove what appears to be varnish from a pair of 1816 Brirmingham rococco candlesticks. I don't want to take paint stripper to them of course! Would a silver restorer undertake this rather unusual request for me?

Peter Grant (London)
Peter Grant (London)
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