Authentic Pacific Silvercloth®
What is Authentic Pacific Silvercloth®?
Not all advertised silver cloth is authentic Pacific Silvercloth®...
Pacific Silvercloth® is a widely recognized brand name that has a long history of preventing tarnishing of sterling silver and silver plated articles for over 120 years. However, like the brand name "Kleenex" which is regularly used to refer to any brand of tissue, Pacific Silvercloth®, a tarnish-preventing fabric, is being used to sell other manufacturers' tarnish-resisting' fabrics, sometimes intentionally, and sometimes due to a lack of knowledge. So how can you tell you're getting the "real thing?"
Pacific Silvercloth® is a 100% cotton flannel that has embedded silver particles...it is not chemically treated. It is the embedded silver particles that make Pacific Silvercloth® truly a preventative fabric and why it lasts indefinitely.
Authentic Pacific Silvercloth® is always brown because the embedded silver particles themselves will discolor to various hues of brown over the years as they catch the hydrogen sulphide gases and other pollutants in the air that would otherwise tarnish the silver articles inside. Other manufacturers' products are not embedded with silver but are treated with other metals, such as zinc, and do not discolor. So, because Pacific Silvercloth® is always brown, you can be assured that any other color is not authentic; however, the other manufacurer's fabric is also available in brown, so to identify which fabric you may be looking at, the below info will make it obvious.
As mentioned above, authentic Pacific Silvercloth® is always 36"-39" wide, whereas other fabrics are always much wider (as much as 58"); and, as other manufacturers' products are also available in brown and look very similar to Pacific Silvercloth®, you can identify authentic Pacific Silvercloth® by its 36"-39" width.
Does Pacific Silvercloth have a 'right' or 'wrong' side?
Pacific Silvercloth does not have a right or wrong side, so it's really just a matter of personal preference as to which side you put against the silver. When possible, we prefer to put the least napped side on the outside, mainly because the least napped side will attract or hold less lint, dust, etc. However, when lining a drawer or cabinet, we recommend adhering the least napped side against the wood for better adhesion.