Silver and Flatware/monograms


How difficult is it to remove a monogram from silverware?
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Hi, Priscilla.

I have removed a few monograms but not enough to make me an expert. Where the monogram appears within the design of the pattern makes a difference. On a pattern like Chantilly from Gorham, for example, the monogram is most often in the cartouche at at the end of the handle. There is a lot of blank space there so removing the monogram is not difficult but the process usually leaves a small dimple and perhaps some small scratches.

I suggest taking a couple of sample pieces by an old line jeweler or high end antique store and talk to them about the process. An experienced person with the right buffing tools can do a decent job on most patterns.

Here's an article on the subject: .

Best wishes,


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