We recently completed the final delivery of display cases to the U.S. Army Ordnance School & Museum in Fort Lee, Virginia. The display solutions included table cases and wall standing display cases. The wall standing cases came in two flavors, one with locking storage below the exhibit space and one with locking pullout exhibit drawers supplied with lockable glass covers.
The table cases are built to last, featuring glass vitrines and strong slab end table bases. The glass vitrines feature mitered corners and clear UV cured joints providing an unobstructed view of the artifacts in the case. The fabric wrapped display decks offset the artifacts elegantly. Silicone seals ensure that dust infiltration is limited. The furniture quality slab end bases featured book matched maple veneer with a natural finish.
The wall standing display cases were equipped with fiber optic lighting, clear white laminated safety glass, dust seals and fabric wrapped display decks and back panels. The base portions feature the same furniture quality book matched maple veneer with a natural finish. The drawer fronts came out of hand selected sheets to ensure a continuous grain flow over the extent of the drawers.
The large single panel doors swing open effortlessly and smoothly providing an unrestricted access to the display space. Heat within the display area is eliminated through the use of fiber optic lighting that keeps the heat source located securely outside of the sealed display space. The natural linen wrapped panels provide an elegant and clean backdrop to the artifacts that will be stored within. Desiccant drawers are secured out of view providing a balanced humidity level through out the display case. The passive system is both quiet and not dependent upon a power source to function.
Quality, conservation and security are the hallmark of Helmut Guenschel, Inc display solutions. Our display solutions are fabricated right here in the United States in Baltimore, MD ensuring that we do our part to keep the economy moving forward.
When was the last time that you were at the Army Heritage Center? Now is the time to visit this unique museum located in beautiful south central Pennsylvania. The Carlisle, PA museum recently took delivery of two very large Viewall® display cases installed by the talented technicians from Helmut Guenschel, Inc.
Each display case measures a whopping 10′ wide by 10′ deep and 8′ tall with clear white laminated safety glass and fiber optic lighting. These museum quality display cases are sealed against dust and feature a passive climate control system. The fiber optic lighting ensures that there is no heat transfer to the interior of these sealed environments.
The clear white laminated safety glass allows visitors to see the beauty of the flags without the greenish tint associated with regular glass and also protects the flags from harmful UV rays. Each display case features a pair of doors measuring five feet wide by eight feet tall that swing open effortlessly, providing a wide clear path that allows museum personnel to slide the flag display pedestals into the case.
Photo Credit: Army Heritage Museum, U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, Army War College, Carlisle Barracks
Let’s say that you are looking for a trophy display case but you want something a bit cleaner looking than your run of the mill cases. What are your options? Continue reading and I will give you a tour of some HGI display case options as well as a Front system that will allow you to convert an existing space into a display space!
For starters, you need to decide where you want to locate your display case. Are you interested in flexibility? Do you want to be able to move the display case around? Are you looking to save floor space and rather have the custom display case hanging on the wall? How do you plan to light your display case? These are all questions that need to be considered. For starters, let us address the first few questions above.
If you want flexibility and visibility all around a display case, then consider a free standing display case such as our Accession™ Series Free-standing. The Accession™ Series of free standing display cases is available with a glass top for natural lighting or a light box top with standard LED lighting or optional Fiber Optic lighting. Both offer UV free lighting. The LED lighting provides a wash of light where the Fiber Optic lighting choice provides more of a concentrated point of light. Accession™ Series cases feature cast in place seals reducing the chances of dust infiltration. If floor space is a premium then consider a wall mounted display case or a recessed wall mount display case.
Our Vista™ line of wall display cases offer options such as wall mount, semi-recessed and recessed installations. Vista™ offers the HGI patented concealed hinge design allowing premium access to the display area. These display cases are available in several standard painted finishes with lighting options ranging from unlit, LED and Fiber Optic lighting. Custom colors and anodized finishes are available options. The shelving system features concealed shelf standards, shelf brackets and tempered glass shelves. Wall display cases are semi-permanent to permanent installations freeing up valuable floor space. Vista™ wall cases feature hinged doors so there is no unsightly overlapping glass, unsightly locks and glass sliding track typical of standard trophy cases. The locks are fully concealed where only a small hole is required to access the lock mechanism. Seal packages are available to reduce the problem of dust infiltration. If you like the clean look of the Vista™ wall display case product line but need to work within a budget, Vista™ Front component systems are just what you were looking for.
The Vista™ Front component system is a engineered door system that allows you to convert a niche in the wall into a display space. The Front family of component systems offer the same quality concealed hinges and high security locks that come standard on our Viewall® and Vista™ series display cases. Cost savings are realized because you fabricate the display box and install the door system like you would a window. Whether you are utilizing an existing space or working on a renovation project or new construction, HGI can fabricate a Vista™ Front system to fit your needs. Let your imagination run and contact us for a free quotation on any of the products discussed here today.
Stay tuned for our next article covering glass options when designing your next display case solution.
The Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum at Gilman Hall was once again the focus of an article. Helmut Guenschel Inc. is proud to have had the opportunity to provide the display solutions that define the space of this museum. As the article by Catherine P. Foster from the ASOR at the Boston University points out, a thousand fiber optic fixtures provide the light for the 650 artifacts on display. Please read more from the article by following the link below to find out more about this fine Johns Hopkins facility and the conservation quality display cases that help define the space within. Included below are some pictures from the article.
Gilman Hall Viewall Freestanding Case
Gilman Hall Viewall Display Cases
Gilman Hall Viewall Display Cases
Gilman Hall Storage Drawers
Credit for the article and pictures seen here go to the fine folks at ASOR at the Boston University and the author Catherine P. Foster. Original article can be found here.