Buying in bulk will be cheaper. (If you only want 1-3 small windows or one door then please see my small orders shipping page.)
For medium orders (which I consider to be a minimum of about 50 small sashes or 25 larger I either outsource to a local packaging company or pack myself. Here is an example of 60 sashes I packed myself to New Jersey, USA:
Firstly I have the crate lined with 25mm thick polysterene:
I pair sashes which are roughly the same size and then wrap in copious amounts of strong high quality bubblewrap. All packs are then positioned so that each pack is leaning against the frame of another pack (not glass!):
Here are examples of packaging for slightly smaller consignments:
THE CHEAPEST SHIPPING METHOD
Ultimately the cheapest method would be for you to have your own 20 foot shipping container. This is not something I am usually prepared to arrange but I am very happy to deliver to your England based shipper however large or small your order. Shipping companies will charge a premium to collect your items usually by outsourcing to a courier company who will not take the care that I do.
The great thing about a shipping container is if you want to spread your investment then stained glass sashes and doors fit nicely inbetween furniture. There is an English antique furniture dealer I know who regularly packs containers. Were you looking to spend at least £10,000 and are prepared to buy some furniture as well as stained glass then I can put you in touch with him to arrange the shipment.
Most international buyers will opt to have the container delivered to their nearest sea port and make their own arrangements for transferring to final destination – always the cheaper option.
If you have never done this before I appreciate it is a huge outlay but in the long-term you would be making a bigger saving. You may also want to visit me. I am only 35 minutes from London Heathrow Airport! Touring the UK buying antiques is great fun and the British pound is currently very low against most currencies!!!
Some of the above packaging images were taken at the packaging company I sometimes use: Pack and Send Harrow.
Examples of the contents of previous bulk shipments:
*Terms of insurance if you purchase it through me:
1. When the crate arrives you must sign the courier’s declaration that you are satisfied with the condition. I will send you photos of the packaged crate for you to compare on arrival. You are not expected to check the contents while courier waits but to check there are no obvious signs of damage to the crate.
2. Any claim for damage to stained glass panels is to be made to me within 5 days of crate being delivered as recorded on the tracking.
3. Photographic evidence is required.