Category Archives: packing

Full Steam Ahead!

Full Steam Ahead!

One of the lots to attract plenty of attention at Dreweatt’s recent Transport Auction, was a very rare exhibition quality 5 inch gauge model of the British Railways Standard Class 9F 2-10-0 tender locomotive No 92024. The piece sold for a handsome £20,000, and Alban Shipping and sister company Alban Cases were commissioned by Dreweatts to handle packing and transportation duties. Take a look at out picture gallery to see how our expert packing team tackled the job of packing the loco for shipping to its new home in the United States.
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Moving Marjorie

Moving Marjorie

We were lucky to get a call from Haymans, producers of very fine English gin, who told us they needed some expert help with the packing and transportation of their traditional copper still (named, affectionately, after Christopher Hayman’s mother Marjorie‘). We dispatched our team to the Haymans distillery in Witham, Essex, where we got to work building crates to house the various components of the still. Throughout the process, our team borrowed from years of packing expertise to ensure this wonderful piece of equipment was packed safely and securely for the journey to Stuttgart. We’ve documented the entire process in the picture gallery below. Read more...

Flat Pack!

Flat Pack!

We’ve been working with our sister company, Alban Moves, to design and manufacture the packing for a pair of scale-models of housing developments. You can find out more about the job here, but below we’ve provided some images of the models and a further example of our expert packing solutions.

Bespoke packing
The model inserted into the crate
Bespoke packing crate
The finished crate
War Horse Puppets Packed by Alban Cases

War Horse Puppets Packed by Alban Cases

The hit show War Horse has been seen by over 7 million people worldwide. The show is an absolutely fabulous combination of storytelling, puppetry and stellar theatre design, based on the original story by the award-winning children’s writer, Michael Morpurgo.

War Horse puppet in one of our wooden packing casesPuppet Masters

In September 2016, the puppets from the show were sold at a charity auction at Bonhams. The sale raised nearly £70,000 for the charity ‘Handspring Trust‘, which is the non-profit organisation set up by the puppet’s creators the Handspring Puppet Company to bring creative opportunities to disadvantaged communities in the company’s native South Africa. Read more...

Making the Perfect Packing Case

Making the Perfect Packing Case

With over 50 years of hard-won experience in the business of packing and wooden case-making, we like to think we know a thing or two about the craft. So, what better way to celebrate the launch of our brand new blog, ‘Making a Case’ (in which we plan to add regular features of interest about our industry) – than by sharing with you an in-depth look at the process of making the perfect packing case. There is a great satisfaction to be had in watching a true craftsman busy at work in their chosen field, and with over thirty years of box-building experience in the bag, our in-house casemaker Nick Oakley is one of the best in the business. He kindly allowed us to follow and document his progress as he set to work on creating a bespoke packing case for one of our clients, the specialist instrument maker, The Horiba Group. Read more...

Straight from the Horse’s Mouth

Straight from the Horse’s Mouth

Anyone following our progress over the years will know that in partnership with our sister company, Alban Shipping, we’ve been asked to pack and transport a huge range of objects – from scale models of the Titanic and Pete Waterman’s train collection, to McLaren sports cars and a valuable Chinese Dragon Clock. We thought we’d share some of the more unusual projects we’ve undertaken as part of our ‘Making a Case‘ blog. First up, a high-value bronze horse that needed a temporary – but robust – ‘stable’ for its journey from the UK to its new home on the east coast of the US. Read more...

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