Archive for the ‘Shipping Antiques Overseas’ Category

It is sometimes very difficult to find a unique and appropriate present for the adults in our life who seem to have everything they need. Something that will be valued, cherished, used and last a lifetime. Electrical, IT equipment and gadgets often end up in the back of a cupboard when the battery or novelty fades. Fashionable things often don’t hit the spot and go out of style the next season anyway. Very few things given as presents seem to be truly valued and last as we hoped they would, do they?

So each year we have to consider what to give ‘the man who has everything’ or the relative or good friend who seems in need of very little (present wise!).  So why not consider giving something antique? There is a whole world of things to choose from; from small collectables items, ephemera, art work, jewellery, to large pieces of antique furniture.

Antiques can bring absolute delight to an unsuspecting and grateful recipient who may have a passion for the items given or will benefit from the enjoyment and use over many many years.

Sometimes the antiques you give older relatives can eventually come back to you. For example I quite regularly gave antiques as presents to my late parents who enjoyed using them for many years and then left them to the family when they passed. A lovely antique desk I gave my father is now used by my sister and the Ruskin pottery given to my mother now takes pride of place in our display shelves.

As we, at Burrells Antique Desks, specialise in selling beautifully restored antique desks, tables and chairs we hope that our furniture will bring great enjoyment and be of use for many generations. Customers do sometimes buy from us to give as presents. The recipients often know what they are receiving as these are very practical and often expensive items and we are available to help with the choice if needed. We can bring up to three items of furniture to the customer home or office to enable them to choose the right piece with our ‘Try Before You Buy’ option.  
If you are considering a beautiful piece of furniture for a Christmas gift why not look at our selection of antique chairs that can be used to enhance any room as occasional seating or used with an antique desk or writing table. All of our chairs desks and tables are sympathetically restored polished and ready to grace any home or office or library.

You may also consider the impact that an Elegant French Ormolu Walnut Table

Antique French Style Walnut and Ormolu Table

or beautifully Inlaid Antique Table  Antique English Marquetry and Parquetry Writing Table  would have in a sitting room or lounge. We have some really stunning pieces that you will be hard pressed to find anywhere other than very expensive antique shops.

Maybe a lovely Antique Victorian Landscpe Oil Painting for a lover of the English countryside? Antique Victorian Landscpe Oil Painting of the English Countryside in Surrey 

Antique Victorian landscape Oil Painting of the English Countryside in Surrey

Any of our pieces of antique furniture could make a wonderful present for a spouse or for a family gift for the home. We can talk to you about fast UK delivery or world shipping door to door if you email us your post code or zip code so why not ask?
And we would just like to say a big ‘Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year’ to all our customers and blog readers!From Kathi and Gavin Burrell


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During the summer we have been working to enlarge our range of stock. We have been particularly searching for suitable desk chairs and writing tables and have found and restored a number of these.

They include SN509  A pair of very good quality Antique Open Armchairs

Antique Pair of Open Armchairs

 SN508 An antique mahogany and hide upholstered Victorian Desk or Library Chair

Antique Victorian Desk Chair or Library Chair

 SN486 An Antique mahogany desk or library chair.

Antique Mahogany and Leather Desk or Library Chair

We have a number of writing tables in mahogany, walnut, rosewood and oak.

SN490 Antique Georgian mahogany writing table, circa 1830

Antique Mahogany Writing Table

SN504 A Walnut Queen Anne style writing table , circa 1920

SN494 Antique Rosewood Library table attributed to Gillows, circa 1830

SN491 Antique William IV Oak partners library table, circa 1835

Antique Mahogany Partners Library or Writing Table

Two which are especially eye-catching are:

 SN506 Antique French walnut and inlaid writing table, circa 1860

 SN501 Antique marquetry and parquetry bureau plat, circa 1870

Antique Marquetry and Parquetry Table

 In our Other Antiques section we have added  SN488 A pair of Victorian mahogany bedside chests.

Pair of Antique Mahogany Bedside Chests

All these items are restored and presented to our normal high standard.

Awaiting and in restoration we have two pairs of mahogany open armchairs, Two partners library tables and a large mahogany partners desk circa 1870.

Please do not hesitate in contacting us should you wish for any further information concerning these items.

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Ideally we would all like to have the opportunity to view our potential purchase in person. To be able to examine the piece carefully, check its authenticity, look at the quality of the materials and the construction, check for damage, any old or new repairs and the skill involved in their execution etc.

But sometimes we just don’t have the luxury of visiting antique dealers in person. You may have short-listed a number of pieces that are located far and wide and have only the antique dealers’ description and images on which to base your decision. At times like this you may waver and ask yourself if it is safe to purchase without seeing the item first hand. These are, after all, valuable pieces of furniture which often require a substantial investment.

If you find yourself in this quandary then you may wish to consider the following points:

  1. Ensure that the seller of the item is a bona-fide Antique Dealer with a physical address that you can contact by telephone and visit if you want to. Ring them up and discuss the item you are interested in or their products and services in general.
  2. If possible choose a specialist in the type of furniture you are looking for as they will usually have a better selection and more expertise in the selecting quality items for sale.
  3. Check whether they have a professional restoration service as this usually means the furniture will be of better quality and any restoration will be sensitively undertaken. 
  4. Check that the antique dealer is an expert in his or her field with a good track record. With the economy as it is some antique dealerships have been bought by entrepreneurs from other backgrounds with no real knowledge of antique furniture and may not be able to offer the same service and advice as an expert in the field.
  5. The stock that is for sale on the website should have good quality images of all aspects of the piece with additional images available on request.
  6. There should be good descriptions of the item, with an estimated (circa) date and a note of any repairs, old or new, original features such as locks, handles and castors (that may have been replaced over the years) and any professional restoration that has been carried out.
  7. Look for a ‘Customer Comments or Endorsements’  (this one is ours) page on their website or via a consumer or business directory with customer ratings. Feedback from other customers is generally a good indicator of a company’s integrity and customer service but of course it can and has been abused by some businesses so be guided by your common sense and instincts.
  8. Customers buying on-line are also protected by the ‘Distance Selling Regulations’ in the UK, which allows for the cancellation of a purchase within 7 working days, from receiving the item.  The refund does not include the cost of transportation, which the customer will need to cover.

We have been selling antique furniture for more than 35 years now and over this time we have completed many overseas transactions where customers have purchased purely on the images we offer, condition reports and descriptions on our website: Burrells Antique Desks

Many overseas customers are understandably concerned about the safety and handling of their antique furniture while it is in transit to them. We can assure them that we only use specialist antique shipping companies who great care in handling all pieces of furniture and also offer insurance cover on the the cost of the item and transportation costs. Our advice to overseas customers are HERE

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Giving a good service when customers purchase on line is essential to any business.

For us good customer service is of paramount importance as out goods are often sold by photos alone and can cost upwards of £5000.

Free personal delivery: Purchasers requiring delivery within 200 miles of Kidderminster will have their antique desk delivered and installed by Gavin Burrell personally. Beyond that distance we use a small family business which specializes in the delivery of antiques.

Customers outside the UK within Europe are well serviced by a transport company that offers very competitive rates and a rapid service. In these cases we pack the items ourselves, initially with bubble wrap and then with card board.

Those customers who are in North America or other World wide locations can choose sea or air-freight. Air-freight tends to be more costly than sea freight however the advantage is speed of delivery, 2 – 3 weeks after purchase rather than 8 – 12 weeks. In both of these instances the antique desk is individually wrapped and has a wooden crate made for it. This ensures that the antique desk or writing table arrives in the condition described and viewed on our website.

The following email was sent to us by a customer from the USA who made a purchase in January  2011. :

“Just a note to let you all know that the fabulous French desk has been un-crated and set up in my make-shift study while we continue work on the old study. It is an amazing piece of furniture and is everything your web-site said it was. The packing job was as exquisite as the desk – we almost hated to disturb it. Not a single scratch or dent in the contents.
Thanks so much to all at Burrell’s and Simon Hall who helped make this a wonderful snowy day in Delaware. I could almost care about shoveling the walks now that I have this new treasure.  With greatest appreciation.”  Mr. Hayward

We aim to ensure that all our customers are as satisfied as Mr Hayward.

Please Note: We now have new stock, Three very different desks, a Gothic Oak Desk;

a Georgian Partners Desk,  

Antique Georgian Mahogany Desk

Antique Georgian Mahogany Desk

a mahogany pedestal desk

Antique Mahogany Pedestal Desk

Antique Mahogany Pedestal Desk

and a good pair of Victorian oak office chairs.

Antique Oak Desk Chairs

Antique Oak Desk Chairs

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