Antiquing, Decor, VIntage

Fruit Bowl

I got this antique silverplate fruit bowl at an estate sale last weekend. It was made by the Adelphi Silverplate Company in the late 1800s to early 1900s. Here is what it looked like after washing with soap and water:

Tarnish a go-go.
Not very nice.

I ordered some Weiman Silver Polish and when it came I went to work on the bowl. I polished…

Helper Cat is helping.

And polished…

And polished some more…

And this is how it turned out. Aargh. See all those pits and places where the silverplate has gone? I even tried getting into the carvings with an old toothbrush, and that didn’t work at all.

On the right is the polished side, left unpolished.

I’m pretty sure someone was using this bowl to throw rocks at. Or make mudpies (with rocks) in. Or maybe they had it strapped to the grill of their car? Seriously, it’s a fruit bowl. What kind of fruit does this sort of damage?

Not happy with results.

But I got an idea…it would be perfect in someone’s gothic-themed home or haunted house, wouldn’t it? I may market it as a goth or Halloween decoration!

I ordered some Tarn-X (Remember the commercials when we were kids? Takes all the tarnish off!) and it should arrive on Friday. Then we’ll see if there’s any improvement. Will post Tarn-X results Friday or Saturday!