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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Show and Tell Friday.....Tarnished Silver

I'm joining Cindy at My Romantic Home for "Show and Tell" Friday.

These are a pair of candle sticks that belonged to my Mother and that we recently found while my hubby was cleaning out the garage. I knew that I had them but hadn't seen them in many a long year.
This garage clean up started when I commented to hubby that he should maybe get his garage cleaned up after not being able to find some of my Fall decorations that I had CLEARLY marked on the box.

Now, I'm all for a bit of a tarnish or patina on silver but I feel this is a bit too much.....what do you think? I would love your comments.
Also, how do I clean some of the tarnish without making them totally shiny and new looking?
Any suggestions would be welcome.

Please visit our fearless leader Cindy to see much more "Show and Tell".

As you can see, there is a LOT of tarnish on these pieces.

The top of the candelabra unscrews so that it can be used as a single candlestick.

11 comments:

Michelle said...

Love your candleabra for Show & Tell! I hope you will stop by soon and visit me!
Michelle

Leann said...

I think that you should leave them tarnished for Halloween and then give them a good polish for Thanksgiving and Christmas!

Leann

Cindy said...

Very pretty. I agree with Leann.
Cindy

BailiwickDesigns said...

I know what you mean about tarnish. I like it, but I wonder when it's too much. I keep a few pieces of silver I have on display sort of tarnished throughout the year, but when the holidays come around I polish them so I don't look like a horrible housekeeper!

Wendy said...

Wow I love your Banner!
Those candlesticks are going to be so beautiful when the are all polished. They will be perfect this Christams!
Cheers!
-Mrs Peeks Farmhouse

Susan B said...

Beautiful candlesticks! Thank you for sharing them. Have a lovely weekend. (You have a beautiful header.)

Artfully Yours said...

lenore,
what a gorgeous candleabra! they really look pretty, tarnished as they are, in the photo! thank you for stopping by to peek at the wedding photos!
hugs,
kim
aka
pearliebird

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

Those are so beautiful! I think my mom has some very similar to those. I love shiny silver so I'm not the person to ask..haha!

Thanks for joining in on my first Show and Tell!

Kath said...

Lenore, I love them tarnished for Halloween. How kewl would black candles be in them???? But then I love grunge and tarnish and all that :)
thanks for visiting my blog :)
Kath

TexNan said...

Lovely candlesticks, Lenore. I gave one similar to my niece for her wedding a few years back. Wonder where it wound up. Anyway, though it mightn't always be best for antique silver, I always use the aluminum foil, baking soda, hot water trick for cleaning silver. That might get it brighter than you want--I like it cuz it's easy. Why not try toothpaste? It takes longer but you can leave as much patina as you like.

Brenda said...

What gorgeous pieces! Thank goodness you came across them again.
Brenda