112 North Columbus Street
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Doing Business With Us
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
Hours of Operation
Hours of operation change seasonally. Currently we are:
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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