| Packing Your Artifacts for Shipping
At some point in collecting artifacts almost everyone eventually needs to
send one through the mail to sell, authenticate or simply share with
others. When you’re ready to send your artifacts to someone else, you
must observe a few simple safety rules to keep them safe and secure. It’s
prudent to take a little extra time packing than to learn that your artifact
has arrived in several pieces! Please note the following suggestions:
- 1. Wrap the item securely. Carefully wrap your artifacts with bubble wrap
(or some other protective material,) taking particular care to make sure the
delicate areas such as point tip, ears, pottery handles, etc. are completely
covered and secured with tape. If you are mailing small bird points or
delicate flat artifacts, you might also consider placing them between two
sheets of thin cardboard for extra protection. NEVER MAIL ARTIFACTS
IN GLASS FRAMES. Then wrap the entire object in another sheet of
bubble wrap and tape to secure. But, avoid overzealous taping that might
make it difficult to cut open without potentially damaging what’s inside.
- 2. Prepare the inner box. Place the bubble wrapped item within a sturdy
box not too much larger than the object itself. Place packing materials,
such as crushed newspaper, magazine pages or more bubble wrap,
around the object so that it does not jostle around in transit, and tape it
shut. You want a tight, snug fit around your artifact; no pressure but no
room to move around either. A lot of people use peanuts, but bubble wrap
seems to hold things in place better.
- 3. Prepare the outer box. Put the smaller box inside a larger cardboard box
and surround it with more packing materials to keep it from moving around
- 4. Place identification in the package. Inside the box, please include as
much contact information as possible, such as: Your complete name,
address, phone number, and email address. If you have any information
about your artifact, include it. When and where the artifact was found, by
whom, and any other provenance details are helpful and may be included
on the COA.
- 5. Seal the box. Seal the outer box securely with durable packing tape.
Make sure the bottom edges of the box are taped as well as the top.
- 6. Label the box. Label the box with the complete address taking care to
tape over the writing or stick-on label. Don’t forget to include your return
address on the outside of the box.
When shipping insure the package for a value that you feel comfortable with. I
will return the items the way I received them. I prefer that you send your
artifacts to my secure Post Office box: Bill Breckinridge, P.O. Box 10,
Leonard, Oklahoma 74043.