To replate, or not to replate your worn out silver-plated flatware: that is the question. Acme Electro-Plating & Silversmiths’ semiannual resurfacing sale may help you address this conundrum. (SALE ALERT)
DARE TO REPAIR | As interesting as it looks and as cool as they make it sound, Pottery Barn’s Sheffield heirloom mixed-pattern silver-plated flatware (pictured here) feels like a waste of money to me. But then, buying any new silver-plated flatware doesn’t seem like a good investment unless it’s from a rarified manufacturer like Christofle or one of the few ornate patterns that for whatever fickle reason retains its collectability.
Unlike sterling silver, which always has some value, or 18/10 stainless steel, which lasts forever, new silver-plated flatware, which starts around $150 for a five-piece place setting, has no intrinsic value and a life expectancy of around 20 years—and that’s with great care and hand-washing.
What do you do then if, like me, you’ve been left with a cache of old silver-plated flatware, some of which looks new and some that has silver worn off. Are you going to replace the beat-up silver plate with new pieces (they still make my pattern) when you know the inevitable outcome? Do you consign the good stuff for mere pennies on the sale? Or do you replate the worn stuff to get perhaps another 20 years out of the entire service?
Last week, after doing the math, I decided to go the replating route, spurred on after learning that Acme Electro-Plating & Silversmiths is having its semiannual 25 percent off sale.
Now and through February, Acme will return old silver-plated dinner forks and knives to mint-ish condition for $22.50 each. This seemed like a good deal to me considering a new dinner fork and knife in my pattern costs $80 and $95 respectively. Now, for an investment of around $300, I’ll have what is essentially a new silver plate service for 12. —C. Rule
In Vancouver, Acme Electro-Plating & Silversmiths is located at 1530 W. 6th Ave., 604-733-3317. Visit acmeplatingandsilvershop.com