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July 2, 2013

Q&A: What's in the Attic?

It's question and answer time

The best part of writing this column for the past 15 years has been the e-mails, phone calls and one-on-one conversations I have with my readers. You arouse my curiosity, challenge my memory and send me scurrying to the computer for research on a regular basis. It was my greatest fear in starting this column that I would run out of subject matter, but all of you have seen to it that “what in the world do I write about this week” has never crossed my mind.

Once a year I like to do a little “catching up” for those of you whose questions I did not get covered in a column. So here are the answers to some of your unanswered questions.

Q: What is the proper way to clean old wicker?

A: After dusting with a soft cloth, clean any areas of concentrated dust and dirt with a soft tooth brush. For areas with a high concentration of dust use a small hand vacuum. When the dust is removed, wash the wicker with warm soap and water using an oil based soap (I like Murphy’s Oil soap) using a “sponging” action rather than scrubbing. Then wash again with clear water until all soap residue is gone. It is important to let the piece dry thoroughly as sitting in a wet wicker chair can cause warping. The best place to dry old wicker is outside on a warm day with a slight breeze. Maintain your antique wicker by dusting it on a regular basis and don’t wash it more than once a year.

Q: How can I tell if my family silverware is sterling or silver plated?

A: The most common maker of silverware is “1847 Roger Brothers.” If you find this mark on your “silver” it is always plated, as Roger Brothers never produced sterling. If your items are sterling they will most always be marked with the word “sterling” or a number indicating the purity of the silver. Look for the number 925 or the letters S or SS.

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