Recently I was looking for something in the dining room cabinet and I came across a pair of vintage sterling candlesticks. They belonged to someone in my family, but I'm not sure when they were purchased. The bottoms are marked with "Prelude, International, Sterling, Weighted Reinforced, N212." After doing a little looking online, it appears Prelude is the pattern name, and the company name is International.
Quite honestly, I've hardly used them over the years. Suddenly I had a hankering to shine them up and put them out on the dining table for spring.
Below are the "before" and "after" photos. There's something nice about the tarnished candlestick, don't you think? It almost looks like pewter. Which do you prefer?
Getting tarnish out of the nooks and crannies of an intricate design can be difficult and frustrating. I just learned a great tip in this Martha Stewart video about polishing silver. Use an old toothbrush to get into the hard to reach areas. Martha's expert says to use a toothbrush with natural bristles, not one with nylon bristles. But all I had was an old, soft nylon toothbrush, so I made sure to use it gently. It worked great! The video is very informative and covers more about silver than just polishing.
Is there a special product or method you recommend for polishing silver?