Displaying Your Chinese Export Silver
Techniques and Tips when displaying Silver
A glass-enclosed cabinet makes a good choice. Just be sure to avoid unvarnished wood shelves that can omit harmful vapors. And if you use glass shelves, make sure they're sturdy enough to hold heavy silver items. Please click here for Tips on polishing.
Tips for Storage to Avoid Tarnish
Avoiding excessive Silver tarnish buildup. It is much more easier to clean Tarnish when it is first formed. This makes cleaning occasionally much easier.
Avoid sulfur agent buildup that may induce tarnishing. Do not use wool, felt, chamois leather or newspaper, which can cause excessive tarnishing that will be difficult to clean. These fabrics contain sulfides that attack the metal
Avoid humidity that may induce tarnishing. The ideal level of humidity for storing and displaying silver is 40-50. It won't always be possible to constantly monitor and maintain a constant humidity level. Making an effort, however, to keep silver out of unusually damp environments such as attics and basement will certainly help if you live in a damp climate. Putting small packets of desiccant do help too, it helps remove excess humidity in the air, thus slow down tarnishing.
If you're storing silver in a display cabinet, 3M anti-tarnish papers and cloths containing activated carbon absorb harmful gases which can cause tarnish in the air.
Keep silver dust-free using a soft clean lint-free cloth or a very soft hair brush. Dust can attract moisture and initiate the tarnish or corrosion cycle.
Sunlight doesn't actually cause tarnish, but it can accelerate the progression of the unattractive film, so place your silver display case away from sunny windows for best results.
Not coated Silver objects have been known to tarnish in less than three months.
Prevention of chemical tarnishing can be achieved by using barriers to prevent the reactive chemical contacting the silver.
Prior to 1950, the only polishes available were based on beeswax and carnuba wax. Unfortunately, these natural, saponifiable products could cause damage when acids arose spontaneously through oxidation or hydrolysis. Renaissance wax polish was then formulated in the British Museum research laboratories.
Renaissance wax is a semi-synthetic microcrystalline fossil-origin wax entirely free of, damaging acids. It protects the surface of your precious Chinese Silver pieces against the damaging effects of humidity, heat, dust, environmental destruction, aging and ordinary wear. It also effectively create a barrier against fingerprints and the devastation of water, and other spills. With its high moisture resistance, it forms a durable, lustrous protective coating.
Application is easy. Simply apply a very thin layer with any soft cloth. Buff off gently, and the surface is sealed and protected beneath a hard coat of wax
A lacquered finish may look appropriate on modern articles but does not suit more antique surfaces. Lacquer is very difficult to remove completely and safely from a piece, particularly from decoration, inlays and intricate areas; your objects may undergo a high degree of handling and abrasion in the process.
Small holes or scratches or areas which are not properly lacquered can cause serious “spot” corrosion over short periods of time.
A lacquer finish protects the surface from handling marks but is not a substitute for regular housekeeping and inspection as a means of long-term preventive care. Overtime, the lacquer can turn yellowish and it is almost impossible to be removed by normal person without the help of a Silver conservator / Silversmith.
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