Reproduction: A close copy of an old item, paying homage to the original and not made to deceive.
Repoussé: Embossed decoration done by hand where the ornamentation is brought up in
high relief by driving out the metal from the inside out and then modeled back into detailed
form from the front by chasing.
Repatinate: To apply a chemical to darken the recesses on ornamental pieces and engraving where the natural
dark patina has been lost from dishwashers or dip type silver cleaners.
Raw Edge: Term applied to hollowware pieces where the edge has not been turned over or mounted with a border.
Rat-tail Spoon: A spoon with a pronounced long tail on the back side of the bowl. Rat-tail
spoons emerged in the first quarter of the 18th century, at the time when fig-shaped spoon
bowls were changing to narrower oval bowls. The rat-tail was used to secure the spoon's
handle to the bowl, improving the strength of the join between the stem and bowl. Later in the
18th century the rat-tail diminishes in size and develops into a drop or heel.
Raising: The method of making hollowware by hammering a sheet of silver over a cast iron T-stake or head,
forming and compressing the silver to gradually raise it and take on a hollow form. This is considered the purest
form of silversmithing.
Restore: To repair an item to its original condition.
Refinish: To make an object look new again by removing all scratches and imperfections.
Reeding: A relief decoration of parallel convex ribs or reeds. The converse of fluting.
Relief: Any decoration that projects out from the surrounding surface.
Reticulated: An object that has a pierced or cut out design.
Rinceau: A continuous repeating and wavy design of stems and leaves.