Real Delivery Times

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This guides is to assist in understanding delivery times.  

Important  Please ignore what ebay says about shipping times they are not accurate.

Ebay estimates delivery times based on a best case scenario. However  these are often not guaranteed services.  Please see below for actual delivery times
 
UK Mainland Delivery 

Depending on the service you select  is between 1 and 5  working days.  Most items go Hermes which is a 3-5 working day service but it is not guaranteed so could be longer. Express services are available  on request

Overseas Delivery Times
 
Europe usually three to five working days occasionally up to  10 days, very occasionally longer still.
 
USA  Canada is usually 5 to 10 working days. However items occasionally can be considerably longer. If an item is  held by customs for inspection this will delay your item quite a bit. Other factors such as weather and your location may also effect shipping times. All these factors are out of my control.
 
Rest Of The World is usually five to ten working days. However items occasionally can be considerably longer. If an item is  held by customs for inspection this will delay your item quite a bit. Other factors such as weather and your location may also effect shipping times. All these factors are out of my control.
 
Faster delivery services than those advertised are available at extra cost on request.

The Following Guide Is To Assist People Who Are Inexperienced  In Purchasing Vintage Bows

This article is to give guidance to my customers who may not be experienced in purchasing bows. 

Basically if you are not someone who has experience you are advised to get the opinion of a specialist who is used to dealing in the Western European Market before making any purchases.  Even luthiers and bowmakers from Eastern Europe and Russia  may not understand the conventions  used in Western Europe

Here are a  key points and conventions which are used in the bow trade.

 Many bows are branded. There are a number of common brands on bows which are intended to indicate the style of a bow not necessarily the maker.  For example a very common brand is Vuillaume A Paris.  If a bow has this brand it will usually just indicate it is made in  the style of this bowmaker not it is made by him. The convention in bow circles is to describe the bow as "Branded" eg  This bow is  "branded  Vuillaume A Paris" This means it was made in the style of.  If the bow is described as "by"  for example this bow is "by  Vuillaume" this would mean the great man made the bow himself.  Other common brands of this nature are Bausch, Tourte.

The situation also gets a bit more complicated because some bows are branded according to the workshop they came from. Many famous  makers had their apprentices make bows which were then branded with the masters name eg Bazin.

If you think you  will buy a bow branded Tourte on Ebay for £40 and it  will be one made by the great master  you are mistaken.  How do I know this. Tourte did not usually brand his bows! If you do not know what you are doing consult a specialist

 

 

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