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    06-30-2012, 12:44 PM
Old Silver On Saddle

I traded my australian saddle for a black western one on craigslist. I'm happy with the trade because I never used the ozzy saddle and I can use the western saddle with what I want in my goals.

Its an older western saddle, black, and it has some silver on the skirt. The cantle is also lined with silver and there used to be a horn cap for the horn but its not there anymore. The woman said it was a roping saddle and although it DOES have weight (its about 40lbs) I doubt it is a roping saddle.

Anyways, I want to replace the horn cap on it since its missing but if I get a new shiny horn cap, it will put the rest of the silver to shame. The remaining silver is old and it doesn't shine anymore. Should I just replace all of the silver or is there a way to get that old silver to shine again?
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    06-30-2012, 12:54 PM
Buy some silver polish (I forget what I use, it's purple and you sponge it on) and try to shine up the rest before you replace the horn cap. I've found a few old silver bridles at auctions that have shined up really nicely with some elbow grease and silver polish. If, after a lot of scrubbing, they still don't match, you might want to rethink the new horn cap.
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    06-30-2012, 01:00 PM
Thanks! I'm teetering between shining it up, replacing it, and just taking it off altogether. I'm not a big silver fan but if I take it off, I know there will be a big blank space on both sides of the skirt that don't have tooling.

I never had a western saddle with bling on it, I like the working saddles better. Where would I find silver polish? I'm pressuming at a Walmart or a type of store like that?
    06-30-2012, 05:15 PM
WalMart probably has some, I would try there.
    06-30-2012, 05:24 PM
I removed all the silver from mine and dipped them in tarn-x. Just wear gloves and be careful. It brought good shine back even though the silver was from the 90's.
    06-30-2012, 08:41 PM
Cruise Ebay for used older horn caps. It may take a while for you to find something that matches your silver. But depending on the pattern you may find something pretty close.
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    06-30-2012, 08:50 PM
I use this stuff from wal-mart called Weiman's silver cream. It takes a little bit of work, but it shines silver up real nice. My Dad had some old show tack from the 70's that had been hanging in our tack room forever. The sliver was so tarnished that it was black and absolutely coated with gunk.

I used that silver cream and turned it from nasty black junk (I didn't think to get a picture) to this....

    06-30-2012, 10:26 PM
Just a warning: If it is older silver plate, some silver cleaners are too strong and will strip off the protective coating on the plate.

Probably check to see if it's plate or sterling before you start putting chemicals on it.
    07-01-2012, 01:42 AM
Thanks for all the advice! I have a little bit before I figure out what I want to do with it. I may just replace all the silver...not sure yet. I'll get before and after pics when I decide though!
    07-01-2012, 09:35 AM
I have always used a product called Nev-R-Dull. It comes in a blue metal can and is a cotton-type wadding that a wad is pulled from the can and will actually remove all the tarnish and make the either sterling silver or actual silver really shine. Wal-Mart would have it all so and most tack stores carry it, too.

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