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Shipping Antiques and Collectibles

Guide to shipping antiques & collectibles safely.

To ensure important documents, jewelry, antiques, collectibles, and heirlooms travel safely, follow this guide:

Jewelry that needs to be packed for safe shipping

For Antique Furniture:

  • Secure loose parts and removable pieces.
  • Secure doors with rubber straps or strings.
  • Remove delicate handles and tape them inside drawers.
  • Remove glass panels or mirrors, and cover them with padding or stretch wrap.
  • Place hardware and small pieces in labeled plastic bags. Put these bags in a labeled Parts Box.

For Collectibles:

  • Prepare coins, stamps, and fine jewelry for transport with you.
  • Pack collectibles in their original cartons. If you don't have the cartons, use Atlas professional grade cartons and bubble wrap or foam peanuts.
  • Pack china, crystal, and other delicate pieces individually. Wrap each in fine tissue and place in compartment containers. Stand plates on edge. Place stemware in separate corrugated cylinders.
  • Wrap dolls, figurines and sculptures in soft tissue or padding and pack in bubble wrap or foam peanuts. Place in double-walled boxes.
  • Label boxes containing breakables as Fragile, using labels supplied by your Atlas Account Representative.
  • Ask your Atlas Account Representative about packing your wine or other perishable collections, as well as unusual or hard-to-move collections.
  • Are your collectibles covered under your homeowner's policy? Provide a list to your insurance agent and ask.
  • Leave in place anything you want Atlas to pack. It's easier and safer, for example, if we pack glassware right from the cabinet.
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