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Best way to remove engraving from sterling silver
Inherited large silver set with initials engraved. I want to remove these and possibly re-engrave with the initial of our last name.Jay Erickson
It doesn't strike me as a practical thing to do, Jay. There are a couple of sites on line that explain how a silver smith can do this (in some cases) though. Maybe you can swap them on a silver exchange or eBay ?
But your problem is admittedly easier than an earlier letter where the inquirer had bought a small curio cabinet and wanted to know the name of the process by which he could have all of his collectible sculpture, china, and silver reduced to 2/3 of its original size.
Ted Mooney, P.E.
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Not so simple but effective way to do that job is electroforming- all areas except engraving must be coated with lacquer. Other methods are less friendly to objects(sanding,filling it with silver solder or silver/mercury alloy,then you must heat it to evaporate mercury). Try Society of American Silversmiths webpages, hope it helps and good luck!Goran Budija
You will need to get a machinist to mill the engraving off and then re-engrave with a laser engraver or pin stamper.
Depending on who you know in this field and how many parts, this could be expensive. Good luck.
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