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1916 Dutch Silver Tea Strainer - thrift store find

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    Posted 4 years ago

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    This is a thrift store find from last week. Between all the silver plated items I found this Dutch silver tea strainer. Marked with HH in rectangle for Herman Hooijkaas, year letter G = 1916 en the lion.

    The patina is so dark that you can not recognize it as a silver tea strainer.

    What do you think, leave it this way or clean/polish this tea strainer?

    Update: I added a photo after cleaning. What a difference!

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    1. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 4 years ago
      Gee, these are hardly ever silver. Lucky you! The green is verdigris and it will eventually destroy the metal, so better to clean it.
    2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
      Clean it.
    3. SpiritBear, 4 years ago
      I like its natural state.
    4. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 4 years ago
      I have my great grandmothers hand held mirror all in silver, it's very dark so what I did was used a small paint brush with silver polish and put it on the high relief areas and rubbed it off that way. It left a lot of the darkness on there but...I guess it's hard to explain. I'll post it soon. Mine did not have any corrosion so I wasn't worried about that but I just wanted to brighten it up a bit. I love this strainer.
    5. Hel1 Hel1, 4 years ago
      I cleaned the tea strainer and added a photo. Quite a difference.

      Thanks Efesgirl, vetraio50, SpiritBear and shareurpassion for your advice.
      Thanks everyone for the love!
    6. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 3 years ago
      The detail is gorgeous !~

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