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Salvo Code information
Salvo Ltd © 1995 to 2017. All rights reserved.
| To see the current
Salvo Code dealer list - please click here.
There are 150 business who have signed up to the Salvo Code, mainly in the UK, as well as a few in North America and around Europe.
The SALVO CODE
| Salvo set
up the Salvo Code in 1995. It is a simple voluntary code for dealers who
buy and sell architectural antiques, antique garden ornament and reclaimed
building materials. It is not a 'code of conduct' or a 'code of practice'
both of which are legal UK definitions.
| The Salvo
Code aims to give customers greater confidence, in particular, that items
which they buy have not been stolen or removed from protected historic buildings
| Many dealers
have already established a sensible buying procedure but the Salvo Code
makes this more formal, understandable and obvious to the buying public.
| In this way
customers are given the choice of buying from relatively safe and responsible
| Each Salvo
Code dealer has a Salvo Code certificate which is dated for the current
year and is signed by Thornton Kay, the administrator of the Salvo Code.
The certificate resembles the panel below.
logo is used exclusively by Salvo Code businesses. The crane is an ancient
Chinese and European symbol for vigilance. The Chinese legend says the crane sleeps with one eye open and holds
a stone which, on falling asleep with both eyes closed, it drops and wakes up - possibly
because it drops the stone onto its other foot!
The SALVO CODE
The Salvo Code Dealer undertakes:
Not to buy any item if there is the slightest suspicion that it may
Not to buy knowingly any item removed from listed or protected historical
buildings or from sites of scheduled monuments without the appropriate
To record the registration numbers of vehicles belonging to persons
unknown to it who offer items for sale, and to ask for proof of identity.
Where possible to keep a record of the provenance of an item, including
the date of manufacture, from where it came, and any previous owners.
To the best of its ability and knowledge, to sell materials free from
toxic chemicals, excepting those natural to the material, traditional
to its historical use, or resulting from atmospheric pollution.
Not to copy knowingly unique items made or commissioned by other Salvo
Where possible, and only within its ability and knowledge, to give
customers the choice of buying fairly traded products.
To allow its business details to be held on a list of businesses who
subscribe to the Salvo Code and to display a copy of the code and
this Certificate in a public position within their business premises.
Signed by Thornton Kay, Salvo Code Administrator
How the Salvo Code was formed
| The Salvo
Code was agreed after a three-year consultation process by a steering group
of long-established English dealers in April 1995. Charles Tolley of Andy
Thornton Architectural Antiques, Adrian Amos of London Architectural Salvage
& Supply Co, Tim & Lindy Seago of Seago, Nick Gifford-Mead and Thornton Kay of Salvo, among others, were
on the steering group. English Heritage and the Council for the Prevention
of Art Theft were also involved in the early stages. Simon Kirby of Alscot
Bathrooms rewrote Clause 1, which was the subject of much debate. Salvo
has been instrumental in forming the Code and promoting it to the Trade.
here for the current Salvo Code dealer list
| Over the
years some businesses have made it plain that they have no intention of
signing. They carry out the procedures contained in it the code but they
do not want to be associated with it. Others would like to sign up but do
not want to pay the joining fee. It is possible that any dealer, particularly
the more recently established ones, may agree to the Salvo Code but still
buy items that are questionable. To a great extent, avoidance of such items
comes from years of trading experience and good procedures.
| There are
Salvo Code dealers in Belgium, Canada, England, France, Ireland, India, Italy, Luxembourg,
Scotland, USA and Wales. Differences exist between countries about consumer
protection and ownership laws. However, we do not think that anything contained
in the Salvo Code conflicts with domestic law. Since 1995 Salvo has been
seeking a water tight legal definition of 'good title', but no-one has yet
been able to give one.
| The enforcement
of the Salvo Code is entirely voluntary by the signee. Salvo has not visited
all the businesses listed to ensure that they are carrying out the procedures
and are aware of their responsibilities. Salvo would like to establish local
monitoring groups but this has so far not been possible. Salvo cannot vouch
for Salvo Code Dealers nor their stock. Salvo simply wishes to encourage
sensible working practices. However, in the event that it becomes clear
that a Salco dealer is not carrying out the procedures contained in the
Code, Salvo will take action to remove them from the list. Thornton Kay
is the current administrator of the Salvo Code. Existing Salvo Code businesses
are polled prior to decisions being taken, and since 2009 the final
decision regarding Salvo Code applications is made by the Salvo Code Advisory Network of 18 long-established Salvo Code dealers.
in the Salvo Code (as well as all subscribers to our printed trade newsletter,
SalvoNews) receive Salvo Theft Alerts informing them about stolen items.
The latest Theft Alerts are posted on
| About 80%
of the Theft Alerts are for garden ornament with the remainder being architectural
items. They are mainly from around England and Wales, with a few from Ireland,
France, Scotland and elsewhere in Europe. In future we would like to agree
a standard procedure for intercepting stolen items, particularly ones that
have crossed international boundarie, but various issues require solving
Salvo charges 2p per theft alert per day (inc Vat in UK) for raising a Theft Alert.
Theft deterrence and what to do in the event of a theft
There are some simple measures that property-owners can undertake to help reduce the problem of theft. Namely:
1. Don't leave property unoccupied.
2. Photograph your garden ornaments and features in unoccupied buildings.
Note any identifying damage or marks
, and the colour, materials, dimensions and inscriptions.
3. Alert the police, and your local hsitoric buildings conservation officer, if you see someone suspicious in an unoccupied listed house or one in a conservation area.
4. After contacting the police, consider raising a Salvo Theft Alert if an architectural or garden antique is stolen and colour photocopy photos before handing them over.
If you are the victim of garden ornament or architectural theft, please raise a theft alert as quickly as possibly after the theft. The information needed is:
1. The police crime reference number or case number
2. The badge or id number of the responding police officer
3. The telephone number of the police station
4. A detailed description of the object stolen, with a photo or at least a sketch, dimensions and any identifying damage if known.
5. The area or town from which it was stolen.
6. The date on which it was last positively seen.
How to contact Salvo Llp:
Click here to send an email message
Postal address: Salvo Ltd, Old Rectory Studio, Ashford Road, Chartham, Canterbury CT4 7HS, Kent, UK
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