Terms and Conditions of Hire

Hire Periods

A standard order will be on hire to you for 3 days. If you need it for longer than this we will try to accommodate you but additional charges may apply


Deposits and Payment
When you place an order with us,a deposit of 50% of the hire cost will become due immediately to secure your booking. This booking deposit will be returned in full for any cancellation made more than 90 days before event. For cancellations made less than 90 days before the event, the deposit will only be returned if we are able to re-book the date. Receipt of booking deposit by A Silver Sixpence is taken as confirmation that the hirer has read, and accepts these terms and conditions.


A Damage deposit of 4 times the hire total, or £50, whichever is the greater, will be taken at the time of collection (this can be cash or cheque) and will be refunded to you in full upon safe return of the items. 

The full balance will be due two weeks before your hire date. 


Loss and Damage
For large individual items, in the case of loss or damage beyond normal wear and tear, the entire deposit will be retained. 


For small items such as cake stands, cups and saucers etc. the following charges apply: A deduction of £5 will be made for any cup, saucer, tea plate, champagne saucer or beverage jar, chipped or missing or for any missing item of cutlery. A deduction of £10 will be made for any serving plate, milk jug or sugar bowl broken, chipped or missing. A deduction of £30 will be made for any teapot or cake stand broken or chipped. For any item not listed here, the damage charge will be 5 x the individual hire price. The gilt being stripped off an item by a dishwasher is classed as breakage. 


Delivery or Collection
A Silver Sixpence is more than happy for you to collect the items from us. However, if you would prefer for them to be delivered, we can also provide this service charged at 50p a mile. Items will be signed for at collection or delivery and at that point, any damage becomes the responsibility of the hirer so we recommend you check your items before signing for them. 


Returning the Items
All items must be returned in the packaging it was hired out to you in. All crockery, cutlery and glassware must be washed by hand and dried before packaging. Due to their delicate nature, these items are not suitable for the dishwasher. If you would prefer for us to do the dirty work and wash everything for you, please ask for a quote for washing.


Minimum and Maximum Orders
There is no minimum order value. We can cater for up to 150 for afternoon tea and 100 for sit down meal. If you have requirements for larger than this please contact us as we do have a vast and ever growing collection and may well be able to accommodate.


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129 Waterhouse Lane



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