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Moving a home and unique collection from London to Turkey

We move a distinguished industrialist and collector from London to a small Turkish village, packing and shipping his irreplaceable collections of vintage Turkish smoking requisites and ephemera, and vintage weighing balances, and delivering these into safe storage in Turkey.

Smoking may be very bad for you but the history of smoking is fascinating; a colourful world of paraphernalia, advertising and packaging.

Cadogan Tate is no stranger to complex international shipping tasks, but a job to relocate one of the largest collections of irreplaceable smoking related items and ephemera from London to Turkey turned out to be one of the most complicated and challenging yet.

Our client, chairman and founder of Delta Partners, had amassed over 20,000 smoking related items of Turkish origin from a period between the mid 19th Century and mid 20th Century, a time when Turkish tobacco dominated the world market.

The biggest collection of its kind, and the second largest cigarette collection in the world, it filled four forty-feet high cube containers.

The destination was to be a permanent public display that our client was building in Turkey, a fine museum in his new home.

Naturally our client was apprehensive, demanding and hands on when it came to safeguarding the move of his precious collection, as demanding as is he is in business. The very delicate cigarette packets, in particular, presented a special challenge to our team, one that was overcome by creating cardboard ‘floors’ in each shipping box.

Rare books, Victorian engineering equipment, scales and decanters were all carefully wrapped and packed and delivered to their new home in Turkey where their owner is now delighted to have his superb collection once more under the sun of its homeland.

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