What can I do to restore a beautiful but heavily damaged (rusted, corroded, tarnished) set of silver-plated silverware found on the street?
My girlfriend and I found a set of silverware on the street some time ago. This is a beautiful set of silver-plated William Rogers A1 that we think dates to about 191x. The catch: when we found it, it was heavily spotted with some kind of green corrosion.
After some internet research, we used a paste of cream of tartar and lemon juice (and a lot of Q-tips, and a rotary tool's buffing attachment) to get rid of the green corrosion, as well as much of the rust. What's left looks more or less like this
. Still pocked, even if a heck of a lot better than it was.
Now we are at a bit of an impasse. In principle, I'd like to replate these, if I can do it myself and without an enormous expense. But it looks like replating kits cost thousands of dollars, and replate the ENTIRE face of the silverware, meaning I'd basically end up with plated pock marks.
Is there a third way toward making this silverware beautiful again that I haven't thought of? Does anyone on here have experience with projects like this?
(For what it's worth, I'm not interested in the monetary value of the silverware at all. I'm interested in these as beautiful, usable objects.)