Friday, October 24, 2014

Displaying Rifles & Hand Guns

Fire arms, both rifles and hand guns, are a popular collector’s item. Usually they are pre and post war sporting fire arms, American and foreign military fire arms, and tactical fire arms. Some collect based on how the fire arms were used, some collections will be based on the evolution of the fire arms and others will collect based on a historical era. 
There are a number of ways to display fire arms from the typical wall rack to elaborate custom stands.

Art Display Essentials has clear acrylic table top stands for rifles that are sold separately in three sizes to accommodate different size fire arms. Typically a shorter one will be at the stock and the taller one will be at the forestock. By using these combinations you can also get a tiered effect with two rifles. These can be seen here:
For mounting hand guns there are other options. Art Display Essentials carries a wood stand that has a post that goes into the magazine to hold the gun. Revolvers have a different type of wood stand that has a wood post on which the barrel rests. These can be seen here:

Another option that has a refined look is to use one of Art Display Essentials H-arms. You can bend the H shaped armature to hold your pistol or revolver the way you want. You can float it off of the base or have the handle sit on the base.
For a specific high end stand for your fire arm or powder horn you can have one custom made. 10-31 Inc. has been mounting rifles, hand guns, and powder horns for over 30 years. In 1993, 10-31 was awarded the contract to produce mounts for and install over 2000 historically significant firearms for the National Firearms Museum. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Museum Hanging Systems

 Picture Hanging
There are a number of options for hanging artwork in museums, galleries or even in private spaces. The first thing to consider is if the artwork will be changed on a regular basis. If that is the case and if you do not want to repair and patch the walls every time than you will want to consider a hanging system where you can move the artwork up and down and left and right without having to attach it directly to the walls. Art Display Essentials offers a hanging system by Absolute Museum and Gallery Products of the UK. This system has a number of track options. The first is a typical H-track that mounts to the surface of wall and has an optional cover to make it look like trim. The Flushmount track and T-track are a couple of options where the track is built into the wall. This is usually done before the wall board is installed. When installed, the track is flush with the wall and has a seamless look integrating it nicely with the building. The final option is the C-track that attaches to the ceiling. Each of these track options have three options for how the art is hung. They are: steel cables, perlon cords, and steel rods.  The steel rods will hold the most weight. The perlon cords are clear and may be the least noticeable and the steel cables are stronger than the perlon but less noticeable than the rods. These rods, cables, and cords can be moved to the left and right in the track. There are hook options that can move up and down the rods and cables. This gives options for the artwork to be hung at any point on the wall.
Absolute’s hanging systems are unique and have been designed to deal with all sizes and weights of artwork for a wide variety of installation needs. These are museum grade systems created for their strength, security, and ease of use for the world’s leading institutions to the smallest private galleries.
These products are flexible, discrete, integrated (they will work with each other) and will carry heavier loads than other hanging systems.

This system can be seen here:
 Museum Hanging Systems
If the flexibility of moving the art around is not needed than there are options for a more fixed approach. Absolute offers the Ryman hanger which is their most popular solution for hanging artwork and is used by an international body of galleries both large and small that includes The Tate, Getty and MoMA.
These are designed to attach artwork tight to the wall with no visible hardware, they are easy to install, allow for adjustment, and have a choice of three levels of security. There are three sizes available that will handle artwork from the smallest etchings and water colors right up to large flat backed works weighing up to 280 lbs.
In addition to fixing works discreetly to the wall, the Ryman can be used with any of Absolute’s track systems mentioned above.

Absolute offers the Link Hanger for mounting bigger works with old, large, or rebated frames. This is a very popular solution for hanging larger works of art and has been designed to accommodate both rebated and flat backed frames. The “link” provides an immensely strong support between wall and frame and automatically bridges the gap that is so often found on older heavy artwork with large frames.
The Link Hanger has a “bronzed” finish that blends with the shadows behind the artwork and incorporates measures to improve security allowing for adjustment during installation.

Sometimes customized wall mounts are required such as for articulated Japanese screens, large mosaics, swords, fire arms, textiles, brackets and other specialized wall mounts. 10-31 Inc. has been fabricating custom wall mounts for over 30 years. For more information on custom mount options you can go to their web site here:

Monday, September 8, 2014

Model of the World Trade Center in a Cristalux display case built for the 911 museum.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Display Pedestals


Display pedestals are furniture dedicated to displaying an art object.  10-31 Inc. has many options and finishes to choose from and has made thousands of high quality display pedestals for hundreds of galleries, museums, universities, auction houses, and private collectors. Some of the options are; top step, bottom step, turntable top, pyramid, castors, lighted, laminate, wood veneer, painted, acrylic, lacquered or metal. For a truly special look, brass metal laminate can be patinated into a bronze finish. Pedestals can be made to hold quite a lot of weight. A typical pedestal can hold 200 lbs. 10-31 Inc. has made them to hold 2 tons!
Art Display Essentials also carries some stock size pedestals which can be seen here:

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Display Number Blocks for Art

    Display Number Blocks are an easy re-usable way to identify displayed art objects. Available at

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

10-31 Inc. awarded project at Acadia National Park, ME

10-31 Inc. just recently won a bid to provide cases and pedestals to Acadia National Park in Maine. We are very happy to be part of this project.

Rated 4.6 / 5 Stars from 85 google reviews, The park is well liked by visitors.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Display Bases and Cases

Bases come in a number of sizes and finishes. A popular finish is a semi flat black, because it is neutral enough to fit in a large variety of situations. Other finishes and materials are; clear, steel, wood, fabric, bronze, and marble. They also have options such as; turntable, mirror, steps, and lighted.
Art Display Essentials also carries stock sizes of the black and clear that can be seen here:
and other base options here:

Acrylic cases are not ususlly used to hold up an object but are used in conjunction with the other mounting techniques to further protect an object. Cases are usually used with a base that has a top step that fits in the case. An object is put on a base with a case to keep it protected. UV filtering acrylic can be used to help protect the object from UV rays. Cases can be very small to very large, they can go on pedestals or over textiles. They can have square, rounded or beveled edges. They can have doors and they can go on walls. They can also be used with humidity control bases, to help stabilize the humidity in the case.
Art Display Essentials also carries some stock size cases which can be seen here:

10-31 Inc. has been making custom cases for over 25 years and can make one to the size you require.

Art Display Essentials also carries a couple of sizes of Humidity Control Bases. These bases have a hollow section underneath where silica gel can be stored. They can be seen here:

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Displaying Helmets, Hats, and Headdresses

 helmet stand

There are a wide range of collectible helmets and hats from many cultures and time periods.  From the ancient bronze Greek helmet to an antique top hat to a full African headdress, they usually all have a straight forward approach to displaying them. Since they were all made to fit on a person’s head, it is just a matter of providing something the right size for them to rest on. Unlike a typical hat or helmet that you may throw on a hat rack, collectible headwear should have a stand that shows it is special and makes it stand out without detracting from the piece itself.    
Art Display Essentials offers stock helmet / hat stands in two heights; 12” high and 18” high. They are also available in either black or clear.
Sometimes a custom size or finish is desired so a custom mount would be the solution. 10-31 Inc. has been custom mounting helmets and hats for over 25 years and makes a very nice stand for these pieces. They can also fabricate wall mounts if applicable.
 Helmet Stands
Some helmet types: Greek, Corinthian, Apulian Corinthian, Illyrian, Chalcidian, Attic Chalcidian, Pilos, Phrygian, Thracian, Beotian, Roman, Agen, Nidau, Weisenau, Gladiator, Medieval, Armet, Aventail, Barbute, Bascinet, Benty Grange, Brocas Helm, Cervelliere, Combat, Coppergate, Coventry Sallet, Falling Buffe, Frog Mouth Helm, Great Helm, Horned, Hounskull, Kettle Hat, Mempo, Nasal, Sallet, Spangenhelm, Visor, Celtic, Mongolian, Jousting, Viking, Iranian Turban, Maximilian, Japanese Kabuto, Prussian Pickelhaube, Pith, Firefighter, Military, Custodian, Pith, Sports, Motorcycle.