Once you’ve found a silver treasure to bring home, make sure to be cognizant of where you choose to display the prized antique. “It’s not the cleaning method that can ruin silver, but rather the means of storage,” says Sebastian. “Often people make the mistake of wrapping a silver teapot in plastic. Moisture is always going to get in there since there’s moisture in the air, and that will leave a permanent tarnish. Proper storage for silver includes felt bags or a pillowcase. The material needs to be breathable and made of fabric—anything but plastic.” When it comes to cleaning the teapot before use, Sebastian suggests using Hagerty’s silver polish in the iconic blue bottle to keep silver looking brand new, and Nicholas urges to polish only the outside of the vessel and never the inside.
With keeping in mind these simple determinants that deem an antique silver teapot as “worthy,” you are now equipped to adopt a tea service of your own to love and pass down to generations to come.
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