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Carl Goldberg acid cut-back vase, ca. 1900 - an unconventional "restoration"

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    Posted 7 years ago

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    I received this nice little Carl Goldberg ACB vase from a friend and fellow collector as a gift, and it has a great design that unfortunately couldn't be seen, as much of the silver deposit (as is common with these old Goldberg pieces) is completely worn away.

    Since there is no other damage to the piece, and I had nothing financially invested in it, I wanted to bring out the design in a way that didn't involve me trying to re-plate the raised areas (I don't even know if anyone does such a thing).

    Enter... the fine-point silver sharpie! Don't judge - I think it produced a good result, and it looks a lot better sitting in my cabinet. This is not something that I recommend anyone ever do to their glass, but in this instance, for this small cabinet vase that I got for free, it did what I wanted it to do. :)

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    1. Moonstonelover21 Moonstonelover21, 7 years ago
      Warren, it looks great! Happy it got a nice restore ...and a great home :))
    2. SEAN68 SEAN68, 7 years ago
    3. racer4four racer4four, 7 years ago
      Lateral thinking resulted in improvement!
      Lovely vase!
    4. Michelleb007 Michelleb007, 7 years ago
      It looks wonderful! I have come across other Goldberg vases where the silver is mostly gone, and wondered how the silver could be replaced. I never would have thought of a sliver Sharpie, but on an inexpensive vase, it's a great idea!
    5. bohemianglassandmore bohemianglassandmore, 7 years ago
      Michelle, I tried a silver leaf pen, but the tip was too broad to get the finer lines - it would have made a mess. Fortunately, with some work this type of treatment can be cleaned off if you don't like the result.
    6. Michelleb007 Michelleb007, 7 years ago
      Good to know. thanks!
    7. IanBrighton IanBrighton, 7 years ago
      I might do the same thing - you can remove the renovation with a solvent at any point without harming the glass, I would imagine, but it looks *much* better adorned.
    8. inky inky, 7 years ago
      What a great job...:-)

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