In addition to treatment of your objects, we can also help with preservation and display. Frames and boxes not only provide an attractive enclosure for objects, but they also protect them on the wall or shelf. Having important items framed also makes it easier to quickly retrieve them in case of a disaster like fire or flood. We use high quality museum board and hinging techniques, and we're also able to create bespoke frames in our furniture studio.
Round Robin letter (manuscript recto and verso)
For this letter, which came framed with masking tape and acidic board—with a hole cut in the backing board so the verso was visible, leaving the letter completely exposed there—we came up with a solution to keep the current method of framing as similar as possible while still protecting the letter. We recut the mounts for either side with museum board, but instead of using wood on the back we cut a Perspex sheet that would screw onto the frame. We also added hinges, with which the frame would be attached to the wall, allowing the curators to safely turn the frame over to show visitors the other side with less risk than removing it from a hook.
Client: Dr Johnson's House
Portrait of Bennett Langton
Sometimes all that's needed (or all that can be changed) is a new mount. For this portrait, framed crooked in an acidic mount with awkwardly small margins, we decided with the curator that although the new mount would cover the signature, making the margins wider would be more visually appropriate and would cover the damage caused by the old mount. This type of discolouration is from being next to the acidic mount for too long, and it's rarely removed except by bleaching, which causes a different kind of damage to paper and can make matters worse in the long run.
Client: Dr Johnson's House
Drop spine box with Perspex spine
Designed to allow full view of the spine without sacrificing stability and durability of the box—an advantage both for security and libraries where aesthetics matter. The Perspex spine can even be labeled with foils.
Client: Georgetown University Library (Washington DC)
Drop spine boxes with pressure lips
These boxes keep the contents under pressure in the right place, and/or compensate for unevenness in the binding.
Drop spine box with custom padded folders
This box was designed to house folded-up maps of different dimensions in simple folders. The foam and card padding keeps each map in place and brings each up to the same dimension, so they can be safely house in a box.
Client: Admiralty Library, Portsmouth
Drop spine boxes with shelves and compartments: for several objects each.
Drop spine box with integral cradle: store the object and the cradle in the same place.