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Custom Display Stands and MountingSafe and proper display of art and artifacts is an important factor in any collection. In addition to artifact restoration and conservation I now offer custom made, high-quality display stands made from welded steel. Each display stand will be custom fabricated to perfectly fit individual artifacts and show them at their best.
All custom display stands are fabricated with heavy 1/4 inch thick steel base plates. Base plate width and length dimensions and other support structures (armatures) will be determined based on the weight and size of the item being mounted. Display stands will be sized and constructed proportionally and designed to be as visually appealing and discreet as possible. The stands are finished with a primer coating and multiple layers of matte (flat) black top coats for a durable finish. When possible and appropriate, rubber end-caps will be added to the tips of the supports to better protect the item being displayed. Felt pads are added to the bottom of the base plate.
Note: When requesting a custom display please let me know in advance if you have any shelf height limitations, etc. Feel free to contact me with any other questions or concerns.
Frequently asked questions:Q What is the pricing for custom display stands?
A Cost for basic display stands start in the $50 range. Prices increase with size and complexity. New clients are asked to pay in advance via check or PayPal. Sorry, I do not accept credit cards or bank transfers.
Q Is it necessary that the item(s) be shipped to you for fabrication of custom display stands?
A Yes, it is important that the items be shipped to me to insure an exact fit. Creating custom fitted display stands from emailed photos and dimensions is difficult and problematic. I must have the items in-hand during the fabrication process. The client is responsible for all shipping costs to and from my studio in North Carolina.
Q What is the turnaround time for custom display stands?
A Demand for custom stands has increased dramatically, but I can typically complete custom display requests within 1 to 2 weeks after receipt of the item(s).
Q Are items permanently attached to the display stand?
A No. I do not permanently attached any item to the stand. Items are removable for examination and study.
Q Can I get display stands in colors other than black?
A Yes, other colors are available, but color selection is limited. Costs will be slightly higher for display stands finished in colors other than matte black.
Q Are custom display stands available to clients outside of the United States?
A No. I do not offer custom display services to international clients.
Custom display stand for an ancient Pre-Columbian Teotihuacan carved stone figure, circa. 400 AD to 800 AD.
Custom display stand for a large wooden (painted and gold gilt) Egyptian Mummy Mask dating to the Ptolemaic Dynasty, 1st Century B.C.
Custom display stand for a Bakota Reliquary "Guardian" figure from Gabon, West Africa.
Custom display stand for a 1956 Oldsmobile 98 hood ornament.
Custom display stand for a Star Wars, "Star Destroyer" starship model. The model's windows, exhaust ports, etc. are illuminated with approx. 1000 tiny fiber-optic lights.
Custom display stand for a movie prop from "Star Wars, Episode IV". A large "Krayt" dragon bone (vertebrae) from the opening scenes on the desert planet of Tatooine.
Custom display stands for two Sawfish blades and a Horseshoe Crab shell.
Custom display stands for a pair of antique carved wood and gold gilt angel wings.
Custom display stands for two large fossilized Triceratops brow horns; circa. 65 million years old. Note: Engraved information plaques can be added to any display stand but the plaque must be provided by the client.
Custom display stand for a huge (approx. 8" across x 12" tall) Megalodon shark tooth.
Custom display stand for an antique Tibetan "Kapala" carved primate skull.
Custom display stand for a large collection of antique Moroccan Jambiya daggers.
Custom display stands for a collection of antique carved and incised cattle horns from various cultures.
Custom display stand for a collection of large Maya stone tube beads.
Custom display stands for three ancient Greek & Roman terracotta figures.
Custom display stand for a rare 19th Century Haida, Northwest Coast Indian horn ladle. The spoon and handle were carved from the horn of indigenous wild mountain sheep.
Custom display stands for a collection of antique pistols.
Custom display stand for a large Vera Cruz head and partial torso fragment.
Custom display stands for three Chinese Miao silver necklaces along with a Samburu collar and iron bells from Africa.
Custom display stands for a collection of antique Tuareg mixed-metal lock sets (with keys) from Niger, Africa.
A selection of display stands created for ceramic artist Diane KW Chen for her "At World's End" museum exhibit.
These porcelain pottery shards are from the "Geldermalsen", a Dutch ship that sank in 1752. The shards have been modified with text and images pertaining to the ship, its history, crew and cargo. The shards will be on display at the Groninger Museum in the Netherlands from July 15th to Sept 15th, 2013. A portion of the shards will remain in the museums permanent collection. Click here to see the entire exhibition catalog with many more photos and interesting information about the artist, the Geldermalsen and the exhibit.
Custom display stand for a rare 18th - 19th Century Tibetan ritual flaying knife.
Custom display stand for a large ancient Roman (sea encrusted) pottery wine amphora.
Custom stand for an ancient Greek, Corinthian carved marble (crown molding) architectural element.
Custom display stand for a large (2 feet tall) Pre-Classic Maya carved stone boundary marker.
Custom display stands for two large (life-size) carved stone Buddha heads.
Custom display stands for an Egyptian stone relief carving and a Roman marble relief carving.
Custom display stands for two Japanese Samurai swords and sheaths.
Custom display stand for a medium-sized (nickel-iron) meteorite from the "Campo de Cielo" site in Argentina.
Custom display stand for an antique Sarangi (stringed instrument) from India.
Custom display stand for a large Tairona stone metate.
Custom display stand for a vintage 1951 Pontiac Streamliner hood ornament.
Custom display stands for Pre-Columbian gold items; a pendant with stone inlay, a pair of ear spools and a tumbaga staff finial.
Custom display stand for an antique woven fiber and cowry shell necklace from the Sepik River region of Papua New Guinea.
Custom stands for an Ammonite fossil and a large fossilized Megalodon (giant shark) tooth.
Custom display for an antique Balinese Keris knife; blade and scabbard.
Custom display stand for a (PNG) Kina shell necklace by contemporary jewelry designer, Chris Carlson.
Custom display stand for an antique Sudanese dagger and sheath.
Custom display stands for a matched (split) pair of very large Ammonite fossils.
Custom display for a collection of five Baccarat (limited edition) crystal Cognac bottle stoppers.
Custom display for a very large Yoruba forged iron ceremonial gong from Nigeria.
Custom display stands for vintage 1951 Pontiac Chieftain hood ornament and a 1953 Pontiac Catalina hood ornament.
Custom display stand for an antique (late 19th Century) carved wooden carousel horse head.
Custom display stand for two large Roman bronze spear heads.
Custom display stands for three large Aragonite 'pipe' mineral specimens.
Custom display stands for a wooden Tiwanaku snuff tray and a Chontal (Guerrero) stone figure.
Custom display stand for a late 19th century - early 20th century woven body armor "cuirasses" from Papua New Guinea.
Custom display stand for a Chavin anthracite mirror.
Custom display stands for two African iron blades. A Ngombe executioner's sword and a Lobala ceremonial knife.
Custom display stand for a large carved stone architectural keystone.
Custom display stand for a 14th Century Majapahit Dynasty head fragment from Java (Indonesia).
Custom display stands for a Han Dynasty bronze sword handle and a Luristan bronze axe-head.
Custom display stands for two 19th Century Akan (Asante) terracotta ancestral funerary busts.
Custom display stands for a collection of 19th Century African (Sudan) ivory bracelets.
Custom display for a large ancient African Bura phallic vessel.
Custom display stand for a rare (archaic style) Colima 'family'. A large standing figure along with a matching seated mother and child.
Custom display stands for a collection of sea related objects. A sea lion skull, 3 sea bird skulls, a large dolphin vertebrae, shells and whale bones.
Simple platform stand for a Ming Dynasty horse and rider.
Custom display stand for a large Toltec carved stone architectural element.
Custom stand for a huge Ashante (Ashanti) pottery bowl from the Akan people of Ghana and the Ivory Coast of Western Africa.
Custom display stands for a collection of antique dog muzzles.
Custom display stand for a large cast bronze 20th Century modernist sculpture.
Custom display stands for a matched pair of very large Chancay figural "China" urns.
Custom display for a large, early stone-age (circa 500,000 BC) Acheulean biface yellow jasper handaxe.
Custom display stand for a 10th - 14th Century Bura head fragment from the Niger River area of Western Africa.
Custom display stands for two very large antique carved marble architectural elements.
Custom display for a rare Marquesas Island bone Tiki Ivi Po'o.
Custom display stands for two Papua New Guinea shell "Kina" necklaces.
Custom display for three Papua New Guinea "Kina" shells.
Custom display stand for a Yoruba bronze container from southwest Nigeria.
Custom display stand for a very large Roman sea-encrusted (shipwreck) wine storage/transport amphora.
Custom display stand for a rare Veracruz stone hacha.
Classical antiquities' custom display stands created for a museum in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Custom display stand for an antique style (Sherlock Holmes type) "Calabash" tobacco pipe.
Custom display stand for a massive (40 pound) Calcite crystal mineral specimen.
Display stands for an antique brass trumpet and song book.
Custom display stand for a Maya staff head rattle.
Custom display stand for a large Maya, Ulua Valley tetrapod plate.
Custom display stands for 8 large mineral and petrified wood specimens.
Display stand for a rare, late 19th Century Matakam (Kirdi) "cache sexe" modesty apron from Northern Cameroon.
Custom glass and steel shelves. — Available in any size. Shown here are 18"x5" and 24"x5" at 3.5" tall. These are made to fit onto existing shelves or in display cabinets to add height and optimize viewing of artifacts such as this collection of Peruvian keros.
Custom display for a large Balinese carving of the Hindu God "Garuda".
Custom display stands for two very large Native American (Mississippian) stone tools.
Custom display stand for a Moche necklace with shell beads and inlaid wooden tiles. — At the clients request, this stand was given and antique bronze finish.
Custom tripod display for a pre-classic Maya (Olmecoid) poison bottle.
Custom display stand for a Chancay carved wood lid (vessel cover) with dogs.
Custom display stand for a fragmented Roman stone dedicatory plaque.
Custom display stand for a matched set of stone and shell inlaid wooden Moche ear spools and pectoral.
Copper Moche masks custom display stands.
Custom display stands for three Pre-Classic Mexican artifacts; a Colima figure, a Mazcala temple model and a Colima flute.
Custom display for an ancient Venezuelan rattle figure.
Custom display stand for a Colima acrobat (flying pole dancer) whistle figure.
Custom platform display stand for a 10th Century BC Amlash bull Rhyton.
Custom display stand for a large Hopi Indian bowl. This is a new design for displaying large plates and shallow bowls.
Wooden Moche stone and shell inlaid ear spools custom display stand.
Custom displays for two Costa Rican stone Axe God celts and a Peruvian wooden spoon.
Moche trumpet display stand.
Custom display stand for a large Roman glass bottle.
Display stands for two Roman marble heads.
Custom Display for a very large Egyptian faience "Eye of Horus".
Display Stand for a large (two-sided) Valdivia Stone Slab Figure.
Custom display stand for a Philippines, Jolo Island knife and sheath.
Colima blackware mask display stand.
Custom display stands for a collection late 18th Century to early 19th Century pistols.
Display stand for a very large Panamanian Cocle pedestal plate.
Custom display stands for two Katanga copper ingot currency pieces.
Display stands for six exceptional Egyptian ushabti.
Display stand for an antique Inuit (Eskimo) carved whale-bone mask.
Custom display for an Arabian silver Jambiya (dagger).
Custom display for a large Roman bronze lion-head handle.
Custom displays for three Classical antiquities; an Egyptian bronze Osiris, a Roman arm bangle & an Egyptian Ushabti.
Custom display stands for a Narino ceremonial clyster and a Chimu censor.
Simple tripod display stands for two round-bottomed Nazca vessels.
Display stand for an antique carved wooden horse.
Custom Display for an Egyptian Late Period (26th - 27th Dynasty) polychrome and gilt cartonnage mummy mask.
Display stands for a group of eight Classical antiquities. Greek, Roman and Eqyptian artifacts.
Display stand for a 9th Century Viking silver Sol (sun) disk.
Custom Display for a Moche copper mummy mask with inlaid stone eyes.
Display Stand for a Large Maya Pottery Mold and a Modern Casting Taken from the Mold
Moche Bronze Finial (Staff Head) Display Stand
Display Stands for Large Papua New Guinea "Sawos" Polychrome Terracotta Bowls
Display Stand for Vera Cruz Articulated Shaman Figure
Fossilized Fish Display Stand
Display Stand for Valdivia Stone Figure
Custom Display Stand for an Exceptional (Museum Quality) Stone Mezcala Figure
Display Stands for a Variety of Ancient Artifacts
Peruvian Inlaid Wooden Plaque Display
Display Stand for Vera Cruz Stone Head
Display Stands for Three SE Asian Sandstone Figures
Costa Rican Stone Carvings - Display Stands
Display Stands for Large Collection of 16 Peruvian Mace Heads
Maya Stone Tube Bead Display Stand
Very Large Peten Maya Polychrome Plate Display Stand
Large Mbole, DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo) Copper "Anklet" Currency Display Stand
Chancay Inlaid Bone Amulets Display Stand
Marajoara Plate Display Stand
Large Stone PNG (Papua New Guinea) "Iniet" Figure Display Stand
Large Chupicuaro Figure Display Stand
Nazca Pan Flute Display Stand
Teotihuacan Miniatures Stepped Platform Display
Five Peruvian Spindle Whorls, Group Display Stand
Two Nazca Vessel Display Stands
Chavin Stone Mace Head Display
African Congo Knives Display Stands
Large Tlatilco Figure Display — The tips of the supports under the ears (visible from the front) were painted to match.
Cocle Plate Display Stand
Custom Display Stands for Two Chavin Tembladera Figures
Large Jamacoaque Figure Display Stand
Huastec Figure — To make the stand as discreet as possible two vertical supports were hidden behind the legs.
Stone Hacha — Large Vera Cruz carved stone hacha. For this artifact, a display stand constructed from heavy gauge steel was required.
Huetar Slit Drum — Extremely rare Huetar pottery slit drum from Costa Rica's Central Highlands, Atlantic Watershed region.
T-stands — These "generic" T-stands are perfect for a wide variety of African masks. They will fit any mask that can be wired (or strung) across the back. With heavy bases for added stability, they are available in any height. The stands shown here are 16" tall.
Colima Figures — Three female flat figures from Colima, West Mexico.
Hmong Silver Pipes — Two mid-20th Century coin-silver Hmong (Miao) tobacco pipes from the hill tribes of Laos/Thailand.
Hmong Pendant — Finely engraved mid-20th Century silver Hmong hill tribe "Spirit Lock" pendant.
Colonial Bust — Beautiful Latin American Colonial carved wooden bust. The display stand was designed to be as discreet as possible.
Chancay mask — Unusually large Pre-Columbian Chancay painted wooden mummy mask with multi-layered textile headband.
Kushan Figures — Two Indus Valley, Kushan fertility goddesses. The figures would not stand on their own and display nicely on simple metal stands.
Valdivia Axe — Rare Valdivian stone axe (hacha). Stone hacha display much more effectively on stands.
Hmong Torque — Lovely Hmong (a.k.a. Miao) silver torque-style necklace from the northern Laos/Thailand. The stand was made to accentuate its elegant form and allow for unobstructed viewing from both sides.
Maya Mold and Figure — Maya ceramic mold used to produce small figures in ancient times. Accompanying the mold is a figure that was cast from the mold. Although the mold is ancient, the figure is a modern casting.
Mezcala Figures — Group of six Mezcala stone figures. They will be displayed together therefore the custom stands were all created using a similar design.
Costa Rican Jades — Three Costa Rican green stone (jade) items consisting of two axe-god pendants and a long spike topped with a monkey effigy.
Egyptian Vessel — Egyptian carved alabaster vessel. Being round-bottomed and unable to sit upright on its own, a custom stand was created in order to safely display this delicate and fragile artifact.
Tumi Trio — Three Peruvian copper tumi (knifes). Each stand is of similar design allowing them to be nicely displayed as a group.
Colima Snake — Rare Colima serpent vessel. The custom display stand was designed so the support structure was as discreet as possible.
Chinesco Figure — West Mexican Chinesco figure. Being unstable on its own, a custom stand allowed it to be displayed safely. Rubber end-caps were added to protect the surface of the artifact.
Jamacoaque Figure — Large Jamacoaque Shaman. The figure would stand on its own, but leaned forward and could easily tip over. A custom stand provided safe and secure display.
PNG Currency — A trio of shell currency rings from Papua New Guinea. A custom stand was fabricated for each of the three pieces, creating a dramatic display.
African "Hoe" Currency — Three large forged iron spades, once used and traded as currency by the tribes of Nigeria and Cameroon. Individual custom stands were created in order to display them as a group.
African Fly Whisk — Fragile and very unique 19th-century African fly whisk made from the leg and tail of a small animal. A custom stand was needed to properly display and preserve this rare and unusual artifact.
Nazca Vessel —Rare canteen type Nazca vessel. The unusual form made this piece difficult to display safely. A custom stand was created to perfectly fit the rounded vessel.
Moche Cancheros — Two Moche fineline cancheros (aka "corn-popper" vessels). Being very similar, matching display stands were created to allow the two vessels to be displayed together.
Cypriot Pitcher — Being round-bottomed, this Cypriot vessel would not sit uprignt on its own. To securely hold the vessel, a custom stand was created. For added safety, rubber end-caps were added to the stand.
Anasazi Ladle —Anasazi ladle's are typically difficult to display. A custom metal stand safely holds the ladle in an upright position.
Moche Tumi — Heavily oxidized Moche tumi topped with an Ai Apaec figure. A simple custom stand was fabricated in order to display the tumi more effectively.
Chimu Tumi — Rare Chimu bronze ceremonial tumi with bird finial and bells. Being oddly shaped and difficult to display, a simple display stand was created.
Huastec Figure — This rare Huastec female figure with very small feet was unable to stand on its own. A custom metal display stand was created.
Stone Axe God — Costa Rican stone celt. The custom display stand was designed to make use of the existing suspension holes. The tips of the attachments were painted to match the stone to be less distracting.
Vera Cruz Figures — Large male and female pair of Vera Cruz smiling figures (sonrientes). Their feet were uneven and the figures would not stand upright on their own. Matching display stands were created with vertical supports hidden behind the legs.
Custom Display for a vintage Mid-20th Century airplane model.
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