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Author Topic: Is it possible to date this IOW Red Azurene paperweight ?  (Read 2773 times)

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Offline Baked_Beans

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Re: Is it possible to date this IOW Red Azurene paperweight ?
« Reply #30 on: September 22, 2010, 05:34:53 PM »
Thanks Ross,

The hypo worked on the silver bangle in such a way that once the tarnish was removed the silver was as shiny as it was before the tarnishing had turned it grey/black. There is no dulling effect (as in acid etching) due to the hypo . The same with the vase I cleaned which is next to the paperweight in the above photo. Very bright and shiny silver. It's only the paperweight that remained silvery grey but definately brighter & cleaner looking.

The problem for me is that I don't know how  the paperweight looked  when it was first made. Was the silver very silvery or was it silvery grey ? Still I just wanted to point out that the hypo doesn't dull the silver just in case of any confusion .....without wishing to bore !  :sleep: ;)

  
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Re: Is it possible to date this IOW Red Azurene paperweight ?
« Reply #31 on: September 24, 2010, 07:03:48 PM »
I can't answer you, sorry!
Here's a pic of my best and favourite bit of Azurene.

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b227/chopin-liszt/Azfish2.jpg
Cheers, Sue (M)

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Re: Is it possible to date this IOW Red Azurene paperweight ?
« Reply #32 on: September 25, 2010, 04:21:44 AM »
Well , how stunning is that !! It's just superb. It looks like the Azurene has been cased....no cleaning needed !

I just thought I would post a pic of the silver leaf vase taken less than a week after cleaning. It looks worse than it did before I cleaned it ! There is only silver decorating this vase so all that is brown should be silver.

Perhaps the vase was coated in an anti-tarnish spray before I cleaned it and the hypo removed the coating.

It just shows how important it is to coat after cleaning with an anti-tarnish spray ! :usd:
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Re: Is it possible to date this IOW Red Azurene paperweight ?
« Reply #33 on: September 26, 2010, 11:40:27 AM »
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Oh dear. It's a lovely piece - and it's about time you put it in a thread on it's own for id.  :thup:

My normal (goddard's) silver polish has an anti-tarnish feature. I've checked out my red cylinder - not looked at it for ages - it's just like your weight was - grey and a few black bits.
I really think fussing about what it looked like exactly when it was first made is irrelevant. They'll all do the tarnishing thing if the silver is exposed.
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Re: Is it possible to date this IOW Red Azurene paperweight ?
« Reply #34 on: September 26, 2010, 07:01:15 PM »
Thanks Sue , It's been fun experimenting though  8). The vase is a bit wonky around the rim , it looks like an experiment thats why I ' let rip ' with the hypo on it ! 
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