Does existing nickel and gold plating increase or decrease the value of a 1948 Winchester Model 63?
I'm fairly certain that you mean a 26" barrel.I know of no 36 " ones ever produced. I'll assume that the gold plating is on the receiver and not the barrel. If there is no medallion in the stock, it more than likely is a Centennial 66 Century of leadership....If new in box, unfired, the value is approx. $450-$500 est.
Not at all! Rhodium is currently the most expensive, valuable, and precious metal on the planet, coming it at over $2,400 a troy ounce. That's even more than platinum at $1,500. Gold is "only" $1,200. Rhodium plating protects jewelry, particularly silver jewelry, from oxidizing, or tarnishing. It can only increase the value to your jewelry.
Barrel plating usually used for singulated units. Current supplied to the units by means of "fingers"/tangler in the barrel. Rack plating usually used for matrix work piece. Workpiece need to be placed in the rack for plating. Both platings hv similar plating concept, but pysically the plating done differently.
H.G.E. stands for hydrostatic gold plating/gold electroplating. A ring that has those letters engraved on the inside isn't made of gold. It's made of some other metal that has been layered over with gold plating. The plating wears away with time. But the thicker the plating, the longer the lifespan. And H.G.E. is the thickest plating around for jewelry.
What year did Winchester make a nickel plated model 1894 rifle if the serial number is unreadable and it only has one patent date on it?
It probably did not leave the factory with that finish. I would guess that the serial number is unreadable because the gun was polished too aggressively by whoever added the nickel plating. Without the serial number, a Winchester expert may be able to approximate the manufacture date by examining the gun, but the exact year cannot be determined.
I work in a plating shop and some times parts come in rusted. The platers dip the parts in DILUTED ACID TO REMOVE THE RUST and degrease. Important, the parts MUST BE RINSED IN DIONIZED WATER. There is one problem, the parts sometimes come out etched on the surface,(ROUGH FINISH). due to, to much time in the diluted acid tank. I dont know what type of acid or the ratio acid vs.dillution. You can call…
While more information would need to be provided for an accurate appraisal, generally gold plating of almost anything adds little value. The plating process uses so little actual gold that to make that the basis of the description is that it has no value specific to the gold plating itself. That said some collectable pieces of significant value may include gold plating.