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Pillar Boxes at UKAA

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UKAA buy and sell original Pillar Boxes. We are the UK's leading retailer for anyone who wants to purchase an original fully refurbished British pillar box.

We are very experienced at refurbishing pillar boxes and our experienced craftsmen that we have on site do a first class job. They know a pillar box inside out and will sympathetically restore a pillar box back to its former glory.  

original antique pillar boxes fully refurbished in our workshops 
original antique reclaimed pillar boxes fully refurbished and ready to view in our warehouse 

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Some pillar boxes need to be sand blasted back to the bare metal but some do not require that and deciding on what is needed is part of the skill. Any repairs or welding are also done at this stage before the pillar boxes are painted with a rust inhibitor and then primed with at least three coats of red lead primer and then three coats of Post Office red top coat. If you require the lettering in Gold or Silver this can be done for you this is down to personal taste but is a very popular choice.  

Antique original Edward 7th pillar box fully refurbished in our workshops 
The inside of the pillar boxes are also restored at the same time as the out side no corners are left unturned. Most Pillar boxes come with its original lock and key or some may have been fitted with new ones. 

original antique reclaimed fully refurbished antique pillar boxes available to view in our showroom
 
All pillar boxes come with a pot of red touch up paint so that you may touch up the pillar box after it has been placed into position. 

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The first thing people comment on who visit our reclamation yard is how much of the pillar box is buried in the ground. you position the box so that 6 inches of the black is visible.  

Original antique old pillar boxes are in stock and available for delivery worldwide 
Pillar boxes have been reclaimed and restored not only for use as it was intended 'when first made but also examples have been used as a  'Laundry Shute' the original way in which people use a pillar box is just amazing.

Most pillar boxes that get rehomed are used to collect mail this is especially useful if they have a holiday home and go away for a few weeks at a time as it is a safe way of handling weeks of post. It is secure and does not build up inside your home if pushed through the letter box alerting people to the fact that you are not in residence. 

Original antique salvaged pillar boxes are in stock and available for delivery immediately 

'VR' 'ER' ''GR' are the most sought after with the more modern bullet shape pillar boxes now gaining in popularity.

Original antique bullet shape pillar box fully refurbished in our workshops 

If you have a Victorian property then a 'VR' pillar box would suit the property as would a 'GR' pillar box suit a Georgian property.
Antique original reclaimed salvaged VR pillar boxes fully refurbished with original chubb lock

We can paint a pillar box in a bespoke colour of your choice. We have painted a pillar box Gold for an Olympic medal winner which was something that we really enjoyed painting and very proud to do!

Original antique pillar boxes painted gold for the medal winners at the olympics 
We have also painted pillar boxes for conservation areas and National trust properties.

Above all else to have a British Icon in your garden or entrance is not only heart warming but a very good investment. 

Original antique cast iron penfold pillar box specialist fully refurbished for delivery to your door 

Original antique fully refurbished Victorian VR pillar box available to view in our warehouse ready for delivery worldwide 

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History of pillar boxes

The Royal Mail Pillar box was first developed by a novelist called Anthony Trollope when he worked as a surveyors clerk for the Post Office. The first Royal Mail pillar boxes were erected in the Channel Islands in 1852.

Original first pillar box made for the Channel Islands in 1852 

The red post boxes are famous throughout the world, originally they were painted green but this changed in 1874 as people had difficulty finding them. The cipher on the front of the pillar box signifies during which reign the box was made; they can be VR, ER 7th, GR, GR 6th and ER II. Some of the more notable manufacturers of Pillar boxes include:

John M Butt & Company
Andrew Handyside of Derby
Smith & Hawkes
Cochrane & Company
H & M D Grissell
Suttie & Company
Cochrane, Grove & Company
H & C Smith
W T Allen & Company
James Ludlow
Eagle Range & Foundry Company
Derby Castings
Vandyke Engineers Of Harlow
Carron Company

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Original antique reclaimed pillar boxes fully refurbished in our warehouse ready for a next day delivery