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Taking Care of Silver, Packing Silver for Shipment

Packing Silver for Shipping The following instructions are tried and true techniques when shipping silver. Firstly, wear cotton or nitrile gloves, as finger prints will etch silver. Objects, such as sectional candelabras, should be disassembled and wrapped individually. Use non-buffered tissue which has a neutral ph and wont promote tarnish. For delicate pieces, such as handled baskets and epergnes, crumple the tissue and place it in all open areas so all components will be supported. Next comes the bubble wrap which will further cushion the object. Use as little tape as possible when securing the bubble wrap. Wrapping the entire bubble-wrapped object with packing tape makes it almost impossible to remove the piece without using a knife, which could damage the silver. A preferred technique is to take the wrapped object and place it in a plastic bag with a 3M Anti-Tarnish Strip. These activated charcoal strips absorb tarnish-producing gasses and are especially important if the piece is going to be stored for an extended period. Pack the object in a structurally sound 200 lb. test carton. Each piece should have a minimum of 2" (preferably more) of padding between it and other piece(s) or the sides of the carton. The carton should be filled with Styrofoam peanuts, bubble wrap, or densely crumpled paper to snugly cushion the item(s). There should be NO inside movement after the carton has been taped. Always remove flatware from a flatware chest and wrap the pieces, otherwise, any bouncing in transit could lead to scratching.

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