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Re: Re: Re: vinegar to remove heavy black tarnish?

The vinegar did not help. I finished polishing the piece and have another question. The 6 arms have been bent somewhat over the years and they are uneven. The stem on each arm that fits into the center piece looks like brass. Can you tell me how to safely bend the arms to even them out or should it be done professionally?

I am told the piece is early 19th century English. Can you theorize on how much brass might have been used for strength unless I am wrong on the makeup of the stems?