Hello and ahoy! I am still around here, posting a bit less than desired maybe but lurking plenty. I cleaned and polished my four treasured silver plated Reed & Barton enamel bowls in my bathroom this morning. Not so much of an actual chore, but it is definitely on the bottom of the to-do list.
I read somewhere that toothpaste [paste, not gel] is an impeccable silver polish and I have been using it without fail for years. Just rub it on with a cloth and keep rubbing until all the tarnish is gone. Then rinse. Easy and safe.
I love these bowls; most have which have been picked up at thrift stores except the yellow "egg" which is a flea market find. That one is the only one not R&B but simply marked: Norway. I love the deep green one with the little man on a mushroom; it is so unlike any of the others they made. I like to think he is protecting the jewelry and hairbands that reside within his dish.
Also in the process of cleaning I polished up a few jewelry pieces that I will detail tomorrow along with my family's strange fascination with a certain 4-letter word.