( Originally Published Early 1900's )
1. Silverware, to Brighten with Little Labor.—When . it is desirable to brighten silverware without a formal scouring, prepare some pieces of silver cloth, as follows: Obtain hartshorn (carbonate of ammonia), 2 ozs., powdered or broken up finely, and boil it in 1 pt. of soft water. Dip suitable pieces of muslin in the liquor and hang up to dry without wringing. When -dry, fold closely and put away for use. Simply rubbing the silver with one of these pieces will surprise you by its improved appearance. Never put soap on silverware, if you wish to keep its original lustre.
2. Frosted Silverware, How to Clean.—Frosted ornamentation on silverware should never be cleaned with powder, but only with a soft brush and strong lye (from wood ashes, strained, or from concentrated lye or potash), accompanied by rinsings with soft water. After the frosted parts are properly dry, the smooth parts should be rubbed carefully with powder.—Harper's Bazar.
Remarks. —The silver-cloth in next recipe above, will do nicely for the smooth part.
3. Polish for Silverware.—In place of using Paris white for a dry powder to polish the smooth parts of silverware, the following will be found better: Put 4 ozs. of Paris white into soft water, 1 pt., and boil it; when cool, bottle it, and add one oz. of aqua ammonia. Rub with a cloth wet with this mixture, shaken, and polish with chamois.
Stains from Nitrate of Silver, to Remove.-Wet nitrate of silver stains with discolored tincture of iodine in as much water as tincture. Then rub the stained spot with a piece of cyanide of potassa. It fades out, or changes at once (or the hyposulphite of soda will do, and is not poison), then wash immediately with water. Always use soft water if you can. This is from a photographer; and reliable.