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Edward Hitchens




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PostPosted: Mon 11 Jul, 2005 7:36 am    Post subject: Transportation?         Reply with quote

Hey all,

I've been curious on something lately: If a centuries-old sword needs to be transported from one place to another, how is it done? How would it be packaged or protected against things like climate changes? If you owned a sword that was many centuries old, how would you transport it?

My first guess is that it would be wrapped in airtight material to protect it from oxygen (which I hear can be quite "corrosive" to some metals) in a container marked Fragile. Also if it were me, I would first get it appraised for insurance purposes and get a tracking number so I can monitor its every move (and be constantly praying Blush ), but only if I couldn't go with it or take it myself. -Ted

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PostPosted: Wed 13 Jul, 2005 6:30 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

When I purchase a "new" antique, it generally comes in a normal box. I usually send mine out in a wooden box packed in foam and sandwiched between two planks of wood, but I am paranoid and I find that theft is not a problem when it is sealed with MANY screws. Corrosion is the least of my concerns, I have never had a problem with it. My main concern is being broken in the middle. I must say though, I have never had a problem. Insurance is a must!
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Edward Hitchens




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PostPosted: Wed 13 Jul, 2005 8:47 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Theft?! Oh, horror! Eek! Wow, you've got a point there. Sealing it up with screws sure would sure seem to work. For something of extreme value (and irreplaceable) like an antique sword, perhaps I would contact the local FBI or U.S. Customs branch before I send it anywhere. If it doesn't arrive at its intended destination within, say, 24 hours (give or take) of when it was supposed to get there, I'd first contact the carrier -- then the gov! I'm only speculating since I'll likely not ever be in such a situation (I hope not to be!). Like I said: I'd want to travel with it or take it myself. -Ted
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Russ Ellis
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PostPosted: Thu 14 Jul, 2005 6:34 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That's a great question... I guess the same thing would apply to any collection of antiquities... For example I wonder how they got stuff like the original "german branch sword" from the Royal Armouries to the Frazier Museum in Kentucky...
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PostPosted: Thu 14 Jul, 2005 1:22 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I don't have any antique swords, nor have I ever attempted to transport one. However, if I needed to transport an antique sword, I would probably consider using a gun case. I don't have such a case, but I am picturing something with a hard outer casing, like hard-sided luggage, with a sealed seam and a lock. Interior lined with some sort of foam to protect the sword. As for corrosion, I would slather up the sword with Renaissance Wax. And then insure the heck out of it.
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PostPosted: Thu 14 Jul, 2005 1:53 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Russ Ellis wrote:
I wonder how they got stuff like the original "german branch sword" from the Royal Armouries to the Frazier Museum in Kentucky...


As it happens, the Royal Armouries site has the Senior Conservator's description of getting the RA stuff to the Frazier. Fascinating stuff:

http://www.royalarmouries.org/extsite/view.jsp?sectionId=182

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