Packing par Eggsellence!

Chocolate Easter Egg in novelty crate packaging

Here at Alban Shipping, we value our customers as highly as the priceless art and antiques we pack and ship for them. Therefore, when we wanted to present them with a special gift for Easter, we applied the same high standards to the packing and packaging of this shipment as we would to any other. As the gallery illustrates, we designed and built individual crates, and packed them with a chocolate egg, a notepad on a pallet, and a customised Alban Shipping pen. Even if we say so ourselves, the end result looks absolutely great. Happy Easter!

Let’s Rock

AC/DC bassist Cliff Williams

Fender bass belonging to Cliff Williams of AC/Dc

If you’re into rock then you’re possibly a fan of AC/DC and if you’re a fan of AC/DC then you need to get down to Gardiner Houlgate’s guitar auction on Thursday March 16th. For sale is a 1958 Fender Precision bass guitar which was previously owned by Cliff Williams of AC/DC. It was gifted to the vendor by Cliff, who himself was Malcolm Young’s guitar tech. The lot number is 35 and it comes with an estimate of £4000 – £8000. In fact the vendor of this guitar is selling his collection so more examples can be found in the sale although this is the only one with this provenance.

Other fine stringed instruments and brass will be sold the next day, Friday 17th. See for further information on both sales.

Perfect replica of John Rigby bolt action rifle

Bolt action rifle

Bolt action rifleGolding Young & Mawer’s Collective Sale at Grantham on 1st March is selling a perfect replica of the John Rigby & Co 275″ bolt action rifle presented to Jim Corbett, after slaying the man-eating tigress at Champawat in 1907, in a fully fitted Wilson canvas case with the accessories. British Deactivation Certificate No. 36117 dated 29/07/03.

Labels from World Wide Arms 2003 and J Roberts & Son with original price tag of £10,000, together with a photograph album, detailing the manufacture and works.
More details about this lot can be found on

Medals & Coins, Arms & Armour


MedalWoolley & Wallis’s Spring Auction on 28th March will include the medal groups to two gallant and accomplished pilots: the First World War Military Cross group to Squadron Leader John Tudor Powell Whittaker R.F.C./R.A.F.; and the Second World War Air Force Cross group to Squadron Leader Harold Quittenden, R.A.F.

The catalogue will also have a distinct Indian theme with a large single vendor consignment of medals for the campaigns fought in British India, and a magnificent model of a 5 ½ inch howitzer. See for further details of this and other auctions.

Picture Hanging at Wrotham Park

Picture hanging on Wrotham

So, you’ve found the perfect company (that’s us of course!) with the expertise and wealth of experience to assure your valued art collection arrives at its destination in perfect condition. Now what? Well, you probably won’t be surprised to discover that Alban Shipping can also undertake the task of hanging those priceless pictures with the same level of skill and assurance it brings to all aspects of its business.

PASMA logoSo, whether we’re hanging Beryl Cooks or a Botticellis, our professionally trained and accredited staff (Adam is PASMA trained for working safely at heights with platform towers) use industry approved equipment to make sure your artwork will be admired for many years.

London Art and Antiques’ Events

Marble top table

We love June in London because there’s no better place to be for art and antiques collectors and enthusiasts.

The month kicks off with Art Antiques London from 12-18 June at the Albert Memorial and Kensington Gardens. Run by Haughton International Fairs, this brings together 60 leading international dealers. Our favourite item is exhibited by Altea Maps and Charts, based at Saint George Street, London. This antique map dealer brings us this rare 1935 poster map of the London Underground.

London Underground map

Andreas Christensen walnut-cased pianoArt Antiques 2015 also features some great lectures, including a conversation between Dame Rosalind Savill and the 9th Duke of Wellington, during a week that brings us the 200 year anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo.

Then we intend to move onto Olympia International Art and Antiques Fair 2015, running from 18-28 June. For a truly international flavour, diversity, quality, a great venue and possibly even a movie star or two, Olympia is a must-visit. With items on sale from tens of £’s up to £1million, you can be sure it will have something to suit all budgets. We especially love the Andreas Christensen walnut-cased, PH piano exhibited by Hatchwell Antiques of London.

Last but not least, we have Masterpiece 2015 taking place from 25 June-1 July at the Royal Hospital Chelsea. This event will show museum-quality works from over 150 leading galleries worldwide. One of our favourite collections will be exhibited by Butchoff Antiques from Kensington Church Street in London, who specialise in a range of 18th and 19th Century English and Continental items including mirrors, paintings and lighting. This antiques dealer is a family-run business founded almost 50 years ago and was also one of the founding members of LAPADA. One of their Masterpiece exhibits will be this magnificent centre table and specimen marble top.

Marble table

Are you exhibiting at art and antiques fair in the UK and overseas during 2015?

We offer a complete packing and transport service for fairs and exhibitions. We provide all the necessary materials to ensure your art and antiques are safe in storage or transit and also offer stand installation, packaging and insurance.

Pete Waterman’s Train & Dreweatts Sale

Pete Water,man with a steam train from his collection

Pop impresario Pete Waterman is set to auction off £1 million worth of his model train collection on 16th April. Earlier this month, Alban Shipping transported the collection to Mallett of Mayfair and set up 56 of the finest scratch-built models ever made on custom plinths made by sister company Alban Cases.

Pete is best known for his impact on the music industry, but trains and locomotives have been a lifelong passion and he has devoted more than 50 years to creating his collection and patronising some of the biggest names in model-making, including David Aitken. His unique collection is one of the finest to ever come up for sale. You can read more about the sale by specialist auctioneers Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions here, including why Waterman needs to sell off the collection.

Packing and transporting the models

Packing Pete Waterman's train

Alban Shipping created custom wooden cases for the valuable and detailed models, some of which are set to fetch as much as £120,000-£150,000 at the auction. Expert case-maker Robert commented: “It was important to secure each of the models inside the case, so we added custom rails and padded batons.” He added: “Dreweatts also needed to display the models impactfully at the Mayfair showroom so we also built and painted plinths for each of the trains.” A crew of 6 experienced art and antique handlers were ready to transport the models to Mallett and complete the eye-catching installation with the aid of specialist platforms and pump trucks. Alban Shipping Director Andrew Jackman said “Our teams are trained not only to take the utmost care with the items they handle, but also when they are working in historic and ornate venues such as Mallett.”

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