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Shipping Antiques and Collectibles

Guide to shipping antiques & collectibles.

Shipping antiques and collectibles requires some extra care. Follow this guide to learn how to safely ship important documents and delicate jewelry, antiques, collectibles, and heirlooms.

Jewelry that needs to be packed for safe shipping

how to ship Antique Furniture:

  • Secure or temporarily remove 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.

how to ship 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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