i apologize if i’m posting in the wrong forum, i think this is victorian but this is definitely not my area of expertise (though i have spent some time on this website now and am LOVING learning!!)
it’s a candle snuffer and i cannot for the life of me figure out what the markings are. one minute the first looks like a letter, the next it looks like a stylized lion. looking through the posts i haven’t found much information about what the stars might represent, and i’m hoping someone might be able to help?
i haven’t polished or cleaned it at all…i know with wood furniture it decreases the value to polish an antique, is that the case at all with metal pieces? if i can and/or should polish, i’d love some help determining if this is silver or plated (or both? looks like the decorative elements, which are quite tarnished, might be different than then base) and the best way to clean/polish without damaging it…
thanks so much for any help or advice you can offer!