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post #1 of 5 Old 06-17-2012, 08:07 PM Thread Starter
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I have a really pretty, vintage one-eared headstall with silver conchos and silver bars on the cheeks. On one of the cheek pieces today, as I was changing the bit, the part of the chicago screw that is attached to the silver broke off (I think maybe I overtightened the screw in my worry about them coming undone while riding) Does anybody know where you would send something like this to be repaired? Is it something I could fix myself with a soldering iron? Help!
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post #2 of 5 Old 06-17-2012, 08:34 PM
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No, silver repair requires silver solder. Assuming it's actually silver, that is. If so, take it to a custom jewellers - they could probably help you out.
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post #3 of 5 Old 06-17-2012, 08:39 PM Thread Starter
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Now why didn't I think of taking it to the jeweler!? Thanks, I'll do that tomorrow, I'm sure he'll help me out.
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post #4 of 5 Old 06-18-2012, 11:43 PM
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Please let us know the outcome. The silver is likely an alloy of copper, nickel and zinc.
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post #5 of 5 Old 06-19-2012, 05:04 AM
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There is a good chance the screw itself isn't silver but plated brass as it's hard to get and keep a decent groove on a silver shaft. Silver and brass need to be soldered with a torch and silver solder (irons don't get hot enough, they can only do antimony/lead) - and it sounds like a delicate one so a jeweller's torch is called for. Don't bother with a jewellery store, look up the local directory and find a real jeweller (or look out for a very old man sporting pince-nez and fried fingers) - they're a lot cheaper!!
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