Signs of Damage
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Signs of Damage

You should regularly check your church plate for damage. Look for the following signs:

  • candlewax drippings
  • dust
  • fingermarks
  • tarnish
  • flaking
  • worn lacquer or paint
  • fresh scratches
  • failing joints or repairs
  • loose fixings
  • active corrosion: on iron objects this shows as orange or red rust, on copper or copper-containing alloys as green spots and on lead, tin and pewter as white eruptions. Impure gold and silver may also show signs of corrosion.