Terms of Business

Condition

All items are in good condition with full hallmarks unless otherwise noted; nevertheless, some items will inevitably show wear appropriate to their age.

Weight and Size

All dimensions provided are approximate, and where appropriate, items are shown with their weight in imperial oz.

Prices

Items on the web site are individually priced, normally including postage, packing and insurance in the UK only; there may be additional costs for heavy or multiple items.  Prices for mailing outside the UK will be quoted separately at the time of purchase.

Postage

Items will normally be sent through the Royal Mail's signed-for and 'tracked', next day delivery service, which includes insurance; the tracking and next day delivery facility is usually only available within the UK; delivery to overseas destinations may take up to ten to fourteen days, and can take longer in certain regions.   In exceptional circumstances, personal delivery may be possible within a reasonable radius of Petworth.  

Payment

Payment may be made by direct bank transfer (details available on request); or through PayPal including by credit or debit card; or by cheque.  Any payment processing charges (eg PayPal transaction fees) must be met by the client.  It will be necessary for payment to clear before the item(s) can be despatched. 

Satisfaction

Every attempt has been made to photograph and describe items as accurately as possible.   However, if you are not satisfied with your purchase, you may return it at your cost (by the Royal Mail signed-for, next day service), within fourteen days for a full refund less original postage and packaging costs (minimum £12), and subject to condition on receipt.

Please feel free to ask any questions by email or telephone.   0

nigelwilliams212@btinternet.com

07814 406863  or 01798 342656

 

Care of silver

The purchase of antique silver is often avoided because of the perception that it will require frequent, time-consuming cleaning. In fact the very opposite is the case. As a general guide, most pieces only need an occasional buffing with a good quality duster. Obviously if an item has been degraded by, for example, salt, it may require professional polishing. This is the exception and not the norm. Equally important, making regular use of an item where appropriate, reduces the possibility of long term tarnish and all that may be needed for cleaning is warm water with mild washing up liquid. Further advice can be  provided on request.

Contemporary uses

Beautiful antique silver need not only be used for its original purpose; with a little thought, many items can be given a new life; cut-glass bottles originally intended for perfume or cologne can be filled with bath oil to grace any bathroom; asparagus tongs can be used to serve a variety of items on the dining table; butter shells can be used for serving pre-dinner nibbles as well as chocolates or bon-bons .... and so on.

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