How long have you been a Restoration Specialist?
I have been restoring for over 30 years.
Will it damage the value to have my antique silver restored?
If you have your piece restored by a skilled metal/silversmith it will not diminish the value, in fact I do a good deal of restoration on items people bought cheap, for the purpose of saving it from being discarded and end up with a good investment.
Should you ever restore Sheffield Silver?
First of all, in 30 years of practice I have had to tell 95% of people who thought they had a true “Sheffield” piece, that they didn’t. True Sheffield that people think they should not touch is two sheets of silver fused onto copper and made into hollow ware pieces. The vast majority of people have only silver plate, which are two different things. Having made that clarification, if an item is damaged or in need of conservation because it was miss used, restoration is the advisable action in my opinion.
Is it possible to repair silver that has cement, or other fill inside?
I get the call every day from people who have been told silver can’t be restored because of the fill. I specialize in this very restoration. It is possible, it is a matter of having the knowledge and skill base to do so with out harming the item.
Do you have to put a hole or damage my item to remove the fill?
Absolutely Not! If you have been told this you don’t have a skilled craftsmen with knowledge of filled wares. I specialize in the restoration of filled and unfilled silver hollow ware.
If I have my piece repaired, will it have to be re-plated?
Not necessarily. Many items are restored and the finish touched up. Some of my customers do not mind the loss of plate that the item already has and prefer not to have it over shined or polished. In those cases we put a “Hold Finish” on the work order.
Is the restoration process expensive?
There are a wide variety of restorations in a variety of prices. My cost is based on time and material. Each person has a different idea of what expensive is, however having an expert knowledge and skill set for how these items are made and restored makes me extremely competitive in this field.
Will you have my item for a long long time?
I have heard terrible stories of restoration shops having goods for years. I have a pretty customer friendly process. It starts with the online estimate. After you send your item, I will review it, confirm the estimate with a quote and put it in the restoration process. I work each job in the order of intake. Each item is restored in my shop by me. My longest turn around is on multi process work orders, and to date my longest turn around was 20 weeks and that was during the Christmas season.
What if I need an item for a certain date?
You can always ask for a target date. I make every effort to accommodate request, however it is advisable to get the process started sooner than later to avoid rush charges or disappointment.
Are you mail order only? Can I meet you?
I do get people who would like to meet me. I am hoping this site will help you get to know the qualified restoration specialist, restoring your item. Though I only accept work at my shop through the mail, I have been known to hold restoration events a couple times throughout the year, where we see clients.