Hi, Yes the silver was completely black when I got it. It polished up fairly well. You can still see how black the silver is inside the flowers and along the edges of the curls, but I'm not even sure it is nouveau. It has a nouveau feel to me but the hallmark is more deco/modern and the silver is much more pronounced in having the 3D effect than most nouveau I've seen. Also the glass itself is not typical of nouveau, at least not the nouveau I've been exposed to. It is more like the glass used in stained glass. Mottled colors in greens, ambers, oranges and tans. It has a light iridescent sheen to it that gives off blue hues in the sunlight and the glass is filled with air bubbles of different sizes, not uniform sized bubbles. It is also very light. Thank you for your help!