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The Modern Butlers’ Journal, February 2020, Consulting the Silver Expert

Consulting the Silver Expert

by Jeff Herman


This video shows how I polished a Paul Revere beaker using Earth Friendly Silver Polish,* cotton balls, and the occasional Q-tip.

The white translucent panel in front provides contrast, making tarnish easier to identify and remove completely. Total polishing time was 30 minutes because of the long-neglected surface. Removing tarnish that would have formed on these pieces over a period of six months may have taken only two minutes.

* Note: Earth Friendly was discontinued which is why I developed Herman’s Simply Clean Collectors Silver Polish, as seen in the photo below, and which achieves the same result.

Mr. Herman continues to offer his services to our readers for any questions you may have about the care of silver. Either contact him at (800) 339-0417 (USA) or via email: jeff @

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