Methylated spirits, 1 pint, Shellac, 1 ounce.
Put the shellac in a bottle and dissolve with the methylated spirits, cork the bottle tightly, and let it stand for 24 hours, then pour off the clear liquid.
Heat the metal slightly, and paint the solution over it with a camel's-hair brush. Any metal ornament may be lacquered in the same way.
A little of this solution may be added with good results to the powder ordinarily used to clean silverware.