At present our family antiques business probably ships about 60% of its total sales of antique clocks abroad to countries like USA , Canada, Australia and China. For shipments to these countries antique clocks need to be professionally packed. So what does this entail?
After you have purchased your antique clock we offer a full door to door shipping service provided at present by a superb company that we have used for many years called the British Shop. They will pick the clock up from our shop in London or our premises in Cheshire and arrange for a crate to be made for the trunk , hood and movement, export and deliver to your home. The timber crate is necessary when export packing. The clock with have tissue/bubble wrap all around the polished surfaces, and then the trunk will be held down in the crate by battons. Further layers of bubble wrap and packing will then be used to fill the voids and further the item further.
The seperate parts of the clock will usually be kept apart to ensure they can not damage one another. The crate will then be screwed down and be ready for transport either by air or sea freight. I always recommend air freight as it is far quicker.
All documentation will be provided with the antique clocks to ensure they pass customs. Full setting up instructions are always available on our website or included with the crate.
It is important in my opinion to use a specialist antique shipper to minimize the possibility of any damge during transport. Accidents do happen from time to time though and so make sure you take out the proper insurance for your peace of mind.
On delivery of your crate, please check all items have arrived in perfect condition as the shipper normally has a timeframe in which he requires any damage to be noted and the insurance company informed. When the clock arrives always make sure you keep the antique clock in the correct humidity conditions. Above 40% to about 65% R.H is about ideal.
Clearly the UK was the centre of antique clock manufacture and the best clocks made in the 17th and 18th centuries were in the UK. If you are from the USA or other countries around the world, visiting the UK on holiday and choosing your very own antique clock is a special experience. We welcome our foreign customers and can provide them with special export prices. On antique grandfather clocks we are running a special promotion at the moment that normally means we can discount the clock for you to effectively cover the cost of export shipping door to door. Please ask me further about these special offers by visiting our website http://www.pendulumofmayfair.co.uk.