Silver once the desire of every middle class family in the Victorian times. A table set with silverware was the ultimate for the Victorian gent and his family. Silver cutlery created with skill love and passion. Step forward to the 21st century the pinnacle of the throwaway society. We want it yesterday and once it’s been used it can go in the bin. I want antique silver something worthwhile.

What happened to owning  something that was crafted with love skill and passion. So today it seems that you create a clothing label, sew it onto the garment you imported from china. Then the next thing you have to do is go on social media and tell everyone its a designer brand. Sell em like cookies and you get rich. Will anything made today go on to be an antique ?

Antique Silver For Sale

Bring Back The Old Vintage & Antique

Vintage and antique items are still around today because they were made to last. Yes of course the people who made them wanted to make money like the generation of today. However they wanted to make a lasting impression, a legacy, a sense of pride, something really worth bragging about. Silver was once the ultimate fashion statement and luckily one silver dealer feels the same way.

Edinburgh Silver are acquiring antique silver pieces and then restoring them to nearly new status. In fact the restoration is that good it looks like they were made just last week and not decades ago. Restored with the same passion and desire as the original makers of the items in the first instance.

Vintage Silver Restoration

Sometimes a labour of love restoring silver to what it once was but well worth the effort. Edinburgh Silver first  carefully source the antique silver , it’s not just any piece that gets the special time and treatment. One of their passions is vintage napkin rings and especially antique christening spoons. The traditional Scottish christening gift is a silver spoon along with a Quaich. What is a Quaich I hear you ask, we have an article dedicated to Quaich’s for those who are unsure before you look at our Quaich’s for sale.

Restoring Vintage Napkin Rings

This Antique solid silver hallmarked Napkin Ring was made by the renowned Wm. Hutton of London in 1898 and restored by Edinburgh Silver in 2019

Photograph one shows the condition we receive silver Napkin rings in, usually from auction. This one is in poor condition and very tarnished. This is what happens when a piece of silver is left in a drawer for about one hundred years.

The Restoration process

silver napkin ring heavily tarnished

Photograph two shows the napkin ring after we have removed the decades of grease and the worst of the tarnish, still a long way to go.

degreasing a silver napkin ring

View our full range of Silver Napkin Rings For Sale

view of the full range of silver napkin rings for sale by Edinburgh Silver

Photograph three shows most of the years of tarnish is almost gone, and our secret formula has been applied to remove the blemishes and scratches – looking good.

half restored silver napkin ring

Photograph four shows the napkin ring after our industrial ultrasound treatment. The ring is now very clean and free from all grease and tarnish – nearly there.

Electrolysis bath for cleaning silver

Photograph five shows the napkin ring after the final traditional polishing is complete – it looks as if it was made last Thursday not over one hundred years ago.

showing the highly polished silver on the silver napkin ring
polishing a silver napkin ring
highly polished napkin ring restored by Edinburgh silver

Restoring Antique Napkin Rings first Published on the Edinburgh Silver Blog

Restoring Silver Christening Spoons

 

This fine solid silver hallmarked Christening spoon was made by the renowned Elkington & co of Birmingham in 1960 and restored by Edinburgh Silver in 2019

Photograph one shows the condition we receive silver christening spoons in, usually from auction – this one is in particularly poor condition and very badly tarnished. This is what happens when a piece of silver is left in a drawer for decades.

Restoring Of The Silver Christening Spoon

tarnished silver spoon from 1960 made by Eckington one co
reverse of silver christening spoon restoration by Edinburgh silver
This Is How It Arrived

Photograph two shows the spoon after we have removed the decades of grease and the worst of the tarnish, still a long way to go.

part cleaned silver christening spoon
reverse of parts clean silver spoon

Our Full Range Of Silver Christening Spoons

Photograph three shows most of the years of tarnish is almost gone, and our secret formula has been applied to remove the blemishes and scratches – looking good.

nearly fully cleaned silver spoon
restoring of the silver spoon

Photograph four shows the spoon after our industrial ultrasound treatment. The spoon is now very clean and free from all grease and tarnish – nearly there.

silver spoon in ultrasound bath

Photograph five shows the spoon after the final traditional polishing is complete – it looks as if it was made last Thursday not nearly sixty years ago.

fully restored silver christening spoon
reverse of silver christening spoon after restoration

Traditional Polishing Wheel

traditional silver polishing wheel

Edinburgh Silver & Antique Silver

At any given time there is over 50 fully restored antique silver items in stock ready to sell. Currently there are 70+ antique silver gifts on offer. Off course this figure changes most days because people keep buying the antique silver. A little piece of history and all beautifully restored but I had to share this one unique piece with you.

NATO American  Silver Salver

American NATO silver salver with NATO members engraved in the silver

The history

This is a fine and very heavy silver salver presented by the Counsel of The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to Mr. Harlan Cleveland for his services to NATO 1965 – 1969.

The salver bears the facsimile signatures of all of the NATO counsel members.

Harlan Cleveland was a very important American, born in New York on 19th January, 1918 (he died in May of last year age 90) and was a eminent American diplomat, educator and author.

He was the United States of America’s Ambassador to NATO from 1965-1969 under President Lyndon Johnson. Prior to this, Harlan Cleveland was the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs between 1961- 1965.Among other things, he was also President of the University of Hawaii and President of the World Academy Of Art and Science. He was founding dean of the University of Minnesota Hubert H. Humphrey Instititute of Public Affairs. He was author of 12 books and was awarded 22 honorary degrees as well as the U.S. Presidential Medal Of Freedom.

Find out more about this American Nato Silver Salver for sale. It won’t last long