Many of us may equate using canes and walking sticks with old age but during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, these elongated objects are considered more as status symbols and fashion accessories than walking aides. During those times, well-heeled gentlemen and ladies, do not leave their homes without an exquisite walking stick at hand. Canes during those days are finely crafted from the best hardwoods with handles heavily decorated with ornate carvings, precious metals, jewels and other luxury materials such as ivory and amber. Some are even equipped with hidden daggers and other weapons, creatively concealed within its length.
Today, the walking stick is experiencing an extraordinary resurgence among individuals who have become fascinated with the history, workmanship and hidden treasures found in antique canes. Vintage walking stick and cane collectors are in constant search for items to add to their growing collections.
Whether sending a walking stick as gift to an arthritic aunt or trading a vintage cane to a fellow collector, proper packing precautions must be observed to ensure that these special items reach their destinations in good condition. Here are some tips on how to properly pack and ship walking sticks and canes.
Walking sticks that can be unscrewed into sections can be easily packed in a box with packing materials. Wrap each section with bubble wrap to prevent scratches and other damages in case they bump into each other during transit.
A cane that cannot be adjusted into a compact and more manageable size should be placed in a long container that can protect its entire length. Mailing tubes are best for this purpose. Two USPS triangular mailing tubes can be taped together and used as container when shipping walking sticks. These shipping materials are available at post offices and the USPS website free of charge.
Other containers that can be used are golf club boxes, carpet tubes and ski boxes. You can ask your local stores selling such merchandise for these containers which usually just end up in the trash.
Wrap the entire length of your walking stick with a couple of layers of bubble wrap before sticking into the container. Make sure to cushion both ends of the stick with ample packing materials such as bubble wrap and crumpled paper.
Address and label the package and take to the post office or shipping company of your choice. Consider purchasing insurance when shipping high-valued items.
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