The Antique Burnishing Company  | Telephone: (44)01276 856922

The original polish of very many pieces of plate made prior to the introduction of power was achieved with the burnisher.  Although treadle driven polishing was available, in practice most plate was entirely finished by hand.  Unless the original cleansing and polishing process of burnishing are followed, even normal cleaning and the wear and tear of centuries will soften and remove silver’s original brilliant effect.  Here the opportunity was taken to restore the otherwise inaccessible bright areas of some of Thomas Germain’s remarkable creations. The effect achieved by the original silversmith is recovered and no further metal loss or possible danger to the piece by machine polishing incurred.    



Thomas Germain Wine Cooler