Please visit our other websites: Ganoksin Jewelry Making Resource | Orchid Jewelry Making Forums | International Gem Society | IGS Gemstone and Gemology Forums

Silver Collector Forums

cleaning quadrouple plate

I have heard some people state not to clean plated silver that is tarnished and some people state it is ok to clean it, does cleaning very old silver lower its value. I recently got a large box of very old silver quadrouple plated tea sets looks like 2 sets different makes and some odds and ends.
thank you for looking

Hi there and thanks for joining us. My view is that silver plate should be gently cleaned with a mild silver polish. Yes, cleaning silver always removes a very samll amount of the silver, but on the other hand, if the base metal is showing through after a gentle cleaning, you can either use it as is, or consider having it re-plated. After all, a box of tarnished silver plate is just that…

Clean it up and see what you have!


Uncle Vic

1 Like