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My hands-down favorite projects are the unique items I create for clients who have an idea in mind for displaying the special items in their collections. This page features a number of those projects I have done on a commission or special-order basis. A couple were displays created especially to be set up at shows, but most were done for collectors like you who wish to really set aside a piece and/or utilize a display space that isn't ideally served by my standard designs.
Beginning with edged weapons, here are a few custom, presentation-style cases. First up a case that features an artificial Damascus World War Two German Army Officer's dagger and an example of each of the Heer qualification badges:
Another shot with a bit more detail.
And an extreme close-up of the bronze Infantry Assault badge, providing still more detail:
One of the more ambitious projects a customer has commissioned was this large cabinet designed and built to accommodate some sixty-plus 2nd Model Luftwaffe daggers (the customer collected 2nd Luft's by maker!).
The cabinet features beveled glass doors, label holders to allow the collector to identify each dagger's respective maker, and locks to provide the optimum combination of visibility and security.dd tex
Thankfully, the customer was able to pick up the cabinet thereby avoiding what I'm sure would have been a very hefty shipping/delivery charge!
And one for both the TeNo EM and Leader daggers and accouterments.
The section in the center is padded to hold a selection of TeNo insignia. When the lid of the case (not shown) is closed, the contents are held securely in place.
Next up, a presentation case for the First and Second Model Railway daggers and their respective accouterments:
Here’s one I did for a collector who wanted a suitably impressive ‘home’ for his Model 1933 and 1936 SS daggers.
First up the cover, featuring inlaid ebony SS-Sigrunen .
And the inside of the case with the daggers in place:
Next, we have an interesting display commissioned by a collector wishing to display his Röhm SA and Himmler SS presentation daggers along with photos of the infamous duo.
As most SS dagger grips were made of ebony, that wood was a natural – albeit expensive – choice for a collector wanting the very best for his early ’33 SS dagger with vertical hanger:
Another mantle-clock style display with the optional loop allowing a badge to be displayed along with a 1934 pattern Luftwaffe dagger:
And a display for a Government Official’s dagger with hangers and portepee. This one features a suede back panel in lieu of glass, allowing the collector to add a selection of badges:
While the majority of my edged weapon displays are for daggers, I have done more than a few sword displays. One I thought was particularly interesting was actually made to accommodate a Japanese samurai sword, a prayer flag and a Japanese Army helmet (by making use of my exclusive headgear display system). In keeping with the overall theme, the base of this particular display is made of laminated bamboo:
Although they are shown in the “Edged Weapons Displays” section of the site, I’m also featuring two of my sword displays here. Note that the Luftwaffe sword display features an inlay reminiscent of length of Iron Cross/Knights Cross ribbon in the top center:
My Navy sword display – constructed of hand selected, quarter-sawn red oak - features custom-carved rosettes and routed details as well as dolphin finials on the top of the casement. The display houses not only the sword and sacbbard; it also accommodates a brocade officer's belt and the braided leather hangers.
I have been commissioned to create several displays for collectors wishing to present them at gun and militaria shows. Here are several ‘in-progress’ shots of an award-winning display I did for a Case VF-42 commando knife enthusiast. The display was designed to fit on a single display table and featured a variety of text and custom abrasive blasted graphic blocks. It consisted of three panels...
Which form this as the finished product.
The collector placed photos and documents from his collection in the frames to complete the display.
Hopefully, I’ve given you a pretty good idea of some of my capabilities. I would be pleased to have your project as the next one I add to the site!
Here's a shot of the details on the front of the case - note the ebony wood lift on the case top and the splines that serve to reinforce the mitered corners...
This piece was made for a customer who wanted a unique means of displaying his campaign shields and a cloth German Cross in Gold. The bayonet and grenade motif - reminiscent of a General Assault badge or Close-Combat clasp - were crafted from walnut; the "bayonet" is fitted with a mahogany grip panel.opiece was
This piece was built out of solid walnut using a sketch provided by the customer, a collector who wanted to display his Luftwaffe combat helmet alongside a newly-acquired P-08 Luger pistol. A bit of Luftwaffe-pattern camouflage cloth and a length of Iron Cross ribbon - also supplied by hte customer - really go a long way to tie everything together. This display is an excellent example of the possibilities that exist when the customer works closely with me to make that special design a reality!
Here we have a wall-mounted, solid ebony-wood frame commissioned for an SS trumpet banner. My design allows the banner to hang from the dowel, which is supported by two mounts featuring the national colors (see inset for details)
This rather unusual design was created to allow a collector whose hobby room was on the upper floor of his Cape Cod-style home to display his visor hats. A total of three of these cases were mounted directly against the sloped ceiling of the room, making a stable, level display surface in a space that was previously unusable.
The two photos at left show a presentation- style case for a 1933 SS dagger. The case is crafted almost entirely of ebony wood, save for the maple SS Sigrunen inlay in the top and the maple and bloodwood accent around the perimeter of the bottom half.