Spurgeon Lewis Antiques
Welcome to Spurgeon Lewis
Consultation & Design Services
Doing Business with Us

112 North Columbus Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314

Phone: 703.548.4917
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Doing Business With Us

Our Disclosure Policy

Spurgeon-Lewis Antiques is committed to full disclosure of all pertinent information about each item we sell, giving customers our best professional assessment of its origin, age, condition, and any alterations or repairs. However, Identifying individual antiques and their history is an art, not a science. As a consequence, experts in the field sometimes disagree.

In antique furniture, paintings and frames, it is extremely rare for a piece to survive 200 years or so and never in its history have had any repairs, replaced parts, or other changes made; or that has no cracks, dents, or imperfections in its finish. Even furniture in the finest museums will have such “apologies.” Many such imperfections are, in fact, essential components of the piece’s patina. Beware the antique in “perfect” condition!

To a slightly lesser degree, the same principles apply to other antique categories including lighting, porcelain, silver, crystal, engravings, etc.
All our furniture is sold either “as found” or is meticulously preserved and restored by highly-skilled craftsmen in our own restoration shops. To the extent possible, we restore rather than replace old finishes, and repairs are made utilizing period construction techniques and materials. All repairs and restoration are fully disclosed.
All antiques are unique. We believe it is always best for the customer to actually see the piece before purchase, so they are fully comfortable with its condition and have made their own assessment of its quality. Purchases based solely on photos or descriptions in our ads or on this website are not subject to return unless arranged in detail and in writing in advance of the sale.

Payment Options

Spurgeon-Lewis Antiques accepts MasterCard, VISA, and American Express credit cards. Checks are welcome, and cash is also accepted (exact change only). We do not accept debit cards.
For large-dollar purchases, we also offer an interest-free layaway plan, which generally involves a 25% down payment with the balance in three equal monthly installments, but other payment options can be arranged in unusual circumstances. Upon final payment, the item is available for pickup or delivery. Full terms and conditions for layaway are available on request.

We do not sell on C.O.D., whether shipping by common carrier or delivering ourselves.

Shipping, Delivery, and Installation

For furniture and other large items, we offer free delivery within the Washington/Baltimore metro area. Otherwise, shipping is at buyer’s expense. By special arrangement, we can sometimes make deliveries ourselves outside the metro area, for a fee. We will work cooperatively with any shipper selected by buyer. However, we assume no liability for such shipments and urge buyers to work only with a reputable mover of antiques.

Prices on lighting fixtures, including chandeliers, generally include electrification and/or any necessary re-wiring. Within the Washington, DC, metro area, price also includes installation (attaching to existing wiring, and to existing electrical box designed to support the applicable weight of the fixture – we can tell your electrician what is needed.) Shipment of lighting and other small items outside the metro area is generally by FedEx or UPS, and is insured for the purchase price. Shipping cost (including insurance) and packing materials are at buyer’s expense.

Storage and Unclaimed Merchandise

We have many customers who purchase items before they are ready to take delivery – whether when planning a move, undergoing a renovation or building a new home, etc. We are happy to accommodate these needs to the maximum degree possible; however, we cannot provide free unlimited storage either in terms of time or available space.

The following general terms apply, unless specific other arrangements are confirmed in writing at time of purchase:

  • Unless a different arrangement is made, we will store purchased items for up to 3 months at no charge to the buyer.
  • Unless other arrangements have been made, there is a monthly storage fee of 2.5% of the purchase price (including taxes, if applicable) beyond the initial 3-month period.
  • Storage fees can be paid on an as-you-go basis or paid at time of eventual pickup of the merchandise, at the buyer’s discretion.
  • If unpaid storage fees at any point exceed the total purchase price of the item, Spurgeon-Lewis Antiques reserves the right to put the item back up for sale to attempt to recoup part or all of the storage costs. (This situation would not occur until approximately 3.5 years after purchase, and even then only if no storage fees are being paid as-you-go.)

To the Trade

We work with Interior Designers and Decorators in any of the myriad ways they customarily work with clients and suppliers. Call us for details.

Other Services

We do more than simply sell antiques. We routinely offer advice and guidance on the proper care of the pieces we sell (cleaning, waxing, proper humidity levels, etc.), and we are glad to provide complimentary assistance in placing items in your home for the best possible look. Even if you can’t visit us in person, we are happy to offer advice on placement based on photographs or floor plans sent to us.

When the advice sought extends well beyond the pieces purchased from us, we are happy to oblige as part of our design and consultation services. Go to the separate web page for more details.

Return policy
Whether purchased in person or over the internet, all sales are considered final with no right of return. Exceptions to this policy can be made only in advance of a sale, and any such negotiated right of return will be limited to the conditions spelled out in writing at the time of purchase and the item must come back in the same condition as it went out. Spurgeon-Lewis Antiques frequently accepts, on consignment for resale, items which we initially sold; however, this is not a right of the purchaser and is dealt with on a case-by-case basis.

Hours of Operation

Hours of operation change seasonally. Currently we are:

  • Open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 am – 5 pm.
  • We are closed Sundays and Mondays except by appointment.
  • We are closed major holidays – Christmas, New Years, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day and Thanksgiving.

Because we are a small shop with a small staff, there are occasions even during normal business hours when we must be closed. If you are coming from out-of-town, we recommend you call first to be sure we will be open. We are also happy to be open by appointment outside of our scheduled business hours.

Purchases and Consignments

Spurgeon-Lewis Antiques is always interested in purchasing high quality antiques that fit our niche within the market. Please e-mail us pictures of any items you might wish to sell. We generally do not accept consigned items except from existing customers – and even then, the merchandise must fit our market niche.

Finding Us/Visiting the Area

Spurgeon-Lewis Antiques is located at 112 North Columbus Street in Alexandria, Virginia. We are one block west of Washington Street/George Washington Memorial Parkway, two blocks east of U.S. Highway 1 northbound (Patrick Street), and a half-block north of Virginia Highway 7 (King Street). Metered parking is generally available in our block; if not, a parking garage is located almost directly behind us, on Alfred Street near the intersection with Cameron Street.

Looking for a place to stay? There are dozens of hotels and motels in the Alexandria area, and hundreds within the metro area. Those within walking distance of our shop include the Old Town Hotel (480 King Street, 703-549-6080) and the four-star/four-diamond Morrison House (116 S. Alfred St., 703-838-8000).

We are ideally situated for antique collectors from around the country to visit. We are easily accessible by air (3 miles from National Airport), train (3/4 mile from the Alexandria Amtrak station), automobile (1 mile from an I-95 exit), subway (3/4 mile from a Metro stop), or even city bus (½ block from the nearest bus stop).

When you’re here, spend a day or a week or a month! Alexandria is home to many fine antique shops, and there are others in nearby parts of the Washington metro area – notably in Georgetown and Kensington, MD. If you like our style of antiques, we can easily direct you to other shops that will interest you from among the more than 50 shops and galleries in Alexandria, and the many more in the metro area. The area is also brimming with history, and per-square-mile offers more museums and museum houses furnished with exquisite art and period antiques than anywhere else in the country.

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