Sterling silver is one of the most beautiful and lustrous of all metals, and many clubs have an abundance of silver trophies, dining ware and historical objects on their shelves. With proper care, your silver will retain its beauty and character for many generations to come. This article, which was part of RCYC’s Heritage Series, is of value to any club tasked with maintaining their history in trophies, and describes the best processes for preserving silver products.
The Royal Canadian Yacht Club’s silverware collection is polished once a year prior to the Island move in April. The trophies must be shiny to reflect the Club’s high standards. Cotton gloves are used to handle the silver after polishing, and in between annual cleanings, the pieces are buffed. RCYC outlines the many ways silver gets tarnished, preferential tools and polishes to use, how to determine the treatment for each item, and best practices for storage and annual upkeep.