I can polish, repair and restore sterling silver and brass menorahs. Send me photos and let me know what you need to be done. A frequent request is to replace a shamash that is lost. While I can make anything, there are no replacement parts. We would be talking about a custom made one-of-a-kind part to remake a missing shamash.
Sterling silver Menorah
Repair and Polishing
This sterling silver Menorah arrived for repair and polishing. The arms would no longer sit on top and were held in place with white first-aid tape. It was originally purchased in Israel in the mid-20th century. The customer wanted the arms to firmly sit on top, but be easy to disassemble for polishing without needing special tools.
Watch this video to see this innovative repair that avoided altering the original menorah and satisfied the customers expectations. After the repair the lacquer was removed from the candlestick, and the menorah was polished. It turned out amazing.
Sterling silver menorah (left) is mid-20th century from Israel. The upper portion is cast which is fragile. The cups and base are spun. It was polished carefully with 1" buffing wheels to avoid catching the curly design.
Repair of 20th-century sterling silver Menorah.
This Menorah is an example of late 20th century Judaica. My observation is that it was made from silver that was way to thin to survive generations. Yes, I was able to repair this by reinforcing it on the inside and the outside of where it broke. The bent candle cups were also straightened. Still, that Menorah will always be fragile, the sterling silver is as thin as a piece of paper. When using your Menorah support the candle cups when inserting candles. Polish very gently with Q-tips and make-up squares.
Restoration of vintage
Mid-20th Century Menorah
This vintage mid-20th century Chanukah Menorah was missing a candle cup for the shamash. The challenge was to make a new candle cup that matched both the shape and the aesthetic of the original menorah. An additional concern was to avoid damaging the oxidized patina and original finish on the rest of this menorah constructed from sterling silver, brass and copper.
Cast Brass Menorahs
Custom made Shamash to replace missing Shamash
The 100 year old brass Menorah was missing the original Shamash. The original was lost a long time ago. I had one of the candle cups cast in a one-of-a-kind non-shrink mold so it matched exactly. Then I fabricated a post and structure for the new Shamash to fit into the existing structure of the Menorah. After all the fabrication, the Menorah was polished as the final step. This was an expensive repair because of one-of-a-kind casting and time it takes to fabricate a new part from scratch. The new Shamash had to sit at exactly the right height and a modification was made so it would not swing side to side and melt the other candles.
Mid 20th century Menorah before and after repair and polishing
This mid-20th century menorah was dirty, tarnished and broken. One of the candle cups had fallen off, three others were loose. It is important to have an object like this repaired before the candle cups are lost. After the repair, this menorah was cleaned removing old dusty wax, and then the brass was polished.
All of these menorahs are cast brass from the mid-20th century. After they were repaired they were polished to restore their appearance.