Restoring Religious Artifacts

Replating Religious Vessals

The Benefits of Restoring Religious Artifacts

Time is simply history’s measuring stick. Religion has been predominate throughout history for thousands of years! Preserving historical religious artifacts is one of the many talents American Plating Company understands. St. Louis has rich religious roots dating back to the 1700’s. Our city now has over 3,770 churches.  With that being said, some of the artifacts found in them are priceless and irreplaceable. Religion evolves with the culture and the times.

Almost all metals tend to tarnish and lose their shine. While this natural process is bound to occur, it doesn’t mean an item must be cast aside or replaced. In many cases, a metal piece can be refinished or re-plated in order to restore it’s original beauty. This is especially beneficial for religious items that have more meaning and historical value than other pieces.

Sacred items tend to see a lot of use. As a result from constant contact with acids that are transferred from wine and human touch. This acid harms cups or chalices that are made from brass. As the years go on, the brass will begin to pit, forming small holes on an object’s surface.

The Solution

Re-plating sacred vessels will not only bring back the original look of a religious item, but will also prevent future damage from occurring. This is because many precious metals such as gold and silver are highly resistant to environmental threats. In addition, when items are re-plated, their base layer will be polished in order to remove any pitting or oxidation that has occurred.