To make sure your fragile items make it to your new home, follow advice below to pack most of your fragile items.
China & Glassware: Preferably use dishpak cartons. Wrap all pieces of china and glassware individually. Use several sheets of packing paper, start from the corner, wrapping diagonally and continuously tucking in overlapping edges.
- A generous amount of paper padding and cushioning is required for all china and glassware.
- A double layer of newsprint serves well as outer wrapping.
- Label cartons with room, contents and “FRAGILE—THIS SIDE UP.”
Flat China & Flat Glassware: Preferably use dishpak cartons. Place cushioning material in the bottom of a carton. Wrap each piece individually with clean paper, then wrap up to three in a bundle with a double layer of newsprint. Place these bundled items in the carton in a row on edge
- Larger china and glass plates, platters and other flat pieces are excellent as the lowest layer in a dish pack.
- Surround each bundle with crushed paper, being careful to leave no voids or unfilled spaces.
- Add two or three inches of wadded paper on top of the bundle to protect rims and make a level base for the next tier.
- Horizontal cardboard dividers can be helpful in keeping layers level.
- Smaller plates, saucers and shallow bowls could make up a second layer. Wrap and pack in the same way as larger items.
Cups: Preferably use dishpak cartons. If not using cellular dividers, wrap cups individually first in a double layer of paper and place them upside down on rims in a row on an upper layer with all handles facing the same direction. Top off the layer with wadded newsprint. Even when using a dish pack and cellular dividers, wrap china cups individually first, protecting handles with an extra layer of clean paper. Then, pack cups upside down.
Silver & Flatware: Preferably use dishpak cartons. To protect silver pieces from tarnishing, they should be completely enclosed in newsprint or plastic wrap.
- Hollow ware—including bowls, tea sets and serving dishes—should be wrapped carefully like fragile items and packed like china.
- Loose flatware may be wrapped individually or in sets, and in paper, clear plastic or small gift boxes that are then secured with tape.
- Even if silverware is in a chest, consider wrapping the pieces individually and reposition them in the chest. Or, fill all voids in the chest with newsprint to prevent shifting.
- The chest can be wrapped in a large bath towel.
Figurines, Curios and Other Delicate Items: Preferably use dishpak cartons. Be sure the items are well-protected with plenty of cushioning.
- Wrap first in tissue paper, paper towels or facial tissue. Then, wrap carefully in paper that has been wadded and flattened out.
- Small mirrors, plaques and pictures should be wrapped individually in tissue paper with an outer layer of newsprint.
- A bath towel or small blanket makes an excellent outer wrapping and padding for glass. Place flat items on edge in a carton.
Exceptionally Fragile Items: Consult with Walsh on the packing of exceptionally fragile items. Items with values exceeding $100 per pound need to be listed on the Items of Exceptional Value section of the bill of lading to receive proper valuation coverage. If an item is extremely valuable as well as delicate, it might be wise to have it packed for you. Special materials might be needed for maximum protection.
Lamp Bases: After removing the light bulb and lamp harp, wrap the base, harp and bulb separately in packing paper. Place them together in a carton, filling all empty spaces with wadded paper. Special lamp cartons are available at Walsh.