How to Transport Antiques

You may have considered buying some antiques at auction or online, or you or a family member may be moving house and need to relocate some family heirlooms. Finding vintage shipping firms can be difficult, especially if you’re entrusting your heirlooms to a stranger.

You may locate professional antique transportation firms with a little research and preparation to handle your valuable cargo with care.

Preparing Antiques for transportation

The sort of antiques you wish to move will determine the type of packaging needed, but there are a few fundamental guidelines to follow no matter what you’re transporting.

Get a valuation

You should check how much your antiques are worth before shipping them. This is vital since you need to know whether or not the antique delivery driver’s insurance will cover it.

Give your goods a once over before packaging

Make sure you inspect your things before they’re boxed (if you’re buying on eBay, make sure the seller provides detailed descriptions and photos). Take pictures and make notes about the condition of the products so you can see if there is any damage when they are being transported.

How to package different types of antiques

Ornamental antiques

Smaller antiques should be packed as tightly and individually as possible; the less movement they have, the less likely they will be harmed. It’s a good idea to use gloves when handling glassware or other delicate goods to avoid scratching the surface.


Packing antique furniture is very straightforward, with the exception that it cannot always be disassembled as easily as modern furniture. Make sure the corners are well protected with bubble wrap or polystyrene.

Caring for antique books

The ideal way to keep large, hefty folio-size volumes is flat. Other books on shelves should be kept upright at 90 degrees to the shelf’s surface and supported on both sides by books or book stands of similar size to avoid warping the covers. If the books are packed too tightly, the bindings will be damaged when you remove them from the shelf.

Taking a book from the shelf by the top of its spine will harm it, as would leaving it face down and open for an extended period of time.

Moving antiques safely

After your antiques have been properly packaged, your next responsibility will be to ensure that they are transported safely. Confirm that your movers are aware of which items are antiques and which crates include antiques. You might even want to relocate the antiques boxes yourself to avoid them being overloaded or having boxes placed on top of them.

If you’re planning a DIY relocation, try to isolate your antiques as much as possible so they don’t tumble over or get damaged by other goods. Never put anything on top of your well-protected antique furniture, and keep any artwork and mirrors upright.

Make moving easier with The Case Farm

Check out our latest blog for help with moving house, with tips and tricks to make the stressful process a lot easier! We can also help with keeping all your small valuables safe and sound with DIY foam, simply trace your antiques yourself and create foam inserts to protect your precious heirlooms.

If you’d prefer, let one of our experts do it for you; simply let us know what you need and we’ll make bespoke custom foam inserts for whatever you require.

Don’t forget to browse our wide range of tool cases for a variety of budgets, to get you ready for moving day. Got a question for us? Our team of experts will be happy to help with any queries you may have.

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