Is this a lighting issue or is this silver toned "brown" for a reason?
The toning is a natural finish of older silver...it happens with time. Over longer periods the silver turns black, though easily cleaned. Take a glass dish, a piece of aluminum foil (to line the dish) and a good tablespoon or two of baking soda. Place your silver on the bottom and pour in a cup or two of boiling water. Magic happens. Allow the pieces to soak for a few minutes then gently wipe with a clothe or paper towel. Most if not all the toning will disappear and the black will wipe off. Many collectors like their silver toned. They say it adds a bit of beauty to their pieces. By in the day aristocrats hired democrats to clean their silver...but those days are long gone.
Meant to say, 'back' in the day...sorry.
Yep! Time to buy!
Now with silver at twenty-two and change...yes indeed. I kinda wish it would drop to nine dollars...like the old days. I'd stash it away, heavy.
Just tried it, Works like a charm!
Glad I could help, thanks Muddy.
Still beats pieces of green paper.
Indeed...always. Thanks, my friend.
Stephen,It is time to buy, just need to make sure to buy from the right person :-)
Very true. Try your local coin shop, then online dealers - such as, http://www.gainesvillecoins.com/. Then Ebay...with care.
Stephen, I've been reading the headlines. Everyone should take this with whatever size grain of salt they feel appropriate...http://silverdoctors.com/cnt-sold-out-of-all-physical-silver/This is the place that supplies silver coins and bars to the places like Gainesville coins where people order silver.There are currently long waits being assigned to orders (almost a month for some items)... and I think there's a slight possibility they may not be filled according to the link.So like you said try you local coin shops, look for items you can take home right then. I'm not disparaging the online stores. Just providing some cautionary news.
My thoughts exactly.