Monday, October 3, 2016

Silver Polish

Nothing beats the combination of the first rains of autumn and a shallow action flick for freeing time to prepare the holiday table. Prudent housekeepers cut worn cotton knits into palm-sized wipers that are ideal for polishing silver. Store the wipers in an empty tissue box for easy access. I prefer polishing with the German compound sold in a yellow tube at motorcycle shops.

Once silver and brass are in good condition, keep them that way with careful storage. I use silver every day, washing it by hand and storing it in a dedicated chest. When I return pieces to their slots, I put them on the bottom of the pile to rotate the collection. Serving pieces live in specialized silver cloth bags.

When bright work is bright and windows are sparkling clean, it's easy to contemplate the long grey months of a Northwest winter -30-


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