Packing Your China

Did you know that when packing chinaware (dishes, bowls, serving dishes) it is best to place them on their edges? Many people place china flat in the boxes, but as you stack dishes on top of each other, the bottom ones are put under too much pressure which can break them. This is the same reason why old vinyl records are always kept on their edges instead staking them flat on the shelf.

  • Stem-ware and fine crystals should also be placed edge down on the box. Never lay stem ware on its side. Doing so is most likely to cause damage during transport.
  • To protect the edges from chipping, we wrap each piece of fine china and crystal in several layers of paper. Always place several layers of wrapping between pieces and around the stem of crystals.
  • For delicate pieces we use bubble wrap to separate each dish, or fill the empty spaces of the box between glasses with “peanuts”.
  • Finally, for these kinds of items we use china barrel boxes which are a full ¼ inch thick!  These boxed are more expensive than normal ones, but it is well worth it.

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