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"Shadow box" redirects here. For the Tony-winning drama, see The Shadow Box. For the boxing activity, see shadowboxing. For the 2005 đoạn phim and EP by The Crüxshadows, see Shadowbox.

Display case shows and protects a painting by a follower of Robert Campin

A display case (also called showcase, display cabinet, shadow box, or vitrine) is a cabinet with one or often more transparent tempered glass (or plastic, normally acrylic for strength) surfaces, used to tát display objects for viewing. A display case may appear in an exhibition, museum, retail store, restaurant, or house. Often, labels are included with the displayed objects, providing information such as mô tả tìm kiếm or prices. In a museum, the displayed cultural artifacts are normally part of the museum's collection, or are part of a temporary exhibition. In retail or a restaurant, the items are normally being offered for sale. A trophy case is used to tát display sports trophies or other awards.


A display case may be freestanding on the floor, or built-in (usually a custom installation). Built-in displays may be mounted on the wall, may act as room partitions, or may be hung from the ceiling. On occasion, display cases are built into the floor, such as at the Museum of Sydney (in Sydney, Australia), where the remains of drains and privies are shown in their original context, along with other archeological artifacts.[1]

There are three types of freestanding showcases: counter, middle floor (mid-floor), and wall.[2] Counter showcases are designed to tát display objects through one side (the "customer side") and have them accessible through the other (the "clerk side"). For this reason, the counter displays are most relevant for retail stores. The middle floor cases are built to tát display objects from all sides, and are meant to tát be placed in the middle of the room. Wall showcases are meant to tát be placed against a wall, where the products are displayed and accessed from the same side. These last two types are used heavily – not only by stores – but also by museums, schools, and especially in homes to tát showcase valuable items or collections.

Display cases are typically made by specialist companies with a background in woodworking or welding, and come in standard sizes or often are custom order. Display cases are often designed with security in mind and are normally lockable. They also are made in variety of styles, shapes, and materials as available at a store fixture supplier. Conservation grade cases are used to tát display valuable artifacts in museums, libraries, and archives.[3] These cases are designed to tát provide a tightly controlled environment không tính tiền from chemical pollutants.[4]

They can ship pre-assembled or knockdown (in pieces to tát be assembled by the customer). Pre-assembled showcases are assembled (and usually tested) by the manufacturer, and are shipped ready-to-use. Knockdown showcases are usually lower in price and cheaper to tát ship, but may be of poorer quality than vãn pre-assembled, and may arrive missing pieces.

American artist Joseph Cornell constructed many shadow boxes during his career, with the works evoking a strong sense of nostalgia, decay, or loss.[5]

Use in the United States military[edit]

By tradition, shadow boxes are typically presented to tát members of the United States Armed Forces upon retirement. These shadow boxes will usually contain the various medals and awards a person has earned through a military career, the flags of both their country and their military service branch, and their final badge of rank. A similar case, called a uniform display case, displays an entire military uniform with correct insignia placement.

Traditionally, military personnel would keep all their personal belongings in a trunk which would accompany them on their travels. During the retirement ceremony or upon retirement, many members of the military, particularly in the naval service, use the lift out tray found in a well-worn trunk as their shadow box. Some retirees also maximize the display space found in these trunks by also incorporating shadow boxes into the lid compartment as well. An added benefit by having a shadow box in an antique trunk is all of the storage space for uniforms, hats, photograph albums, and any other service memorabilia collected over the years.

Military shadow boxes were originally simple boxes in which sailors retiring from shipboard service carried their belongings ashore. Superstition held that if the sailor's shadow touched shore before he mix foot upon it, he would suffer ill luck. By carrying his belongings, a metaphorical "shadow" of himself, enclosed within the box he could ensure he would touch land before his "shadow".[6]


  • Glass in-floor display case

  • Wall-mounted trophy case

    Wall-mounted trophy case

  • Wall-sized display case

    Wall-sized display case

  • Free-standing museum display cases

    Free-standing museum display cases

  • Table-height display of models

    Table-height display of models

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    Antique Dutch display case

    Antique Dutch display case

  • Antique tự động protected by display case

    Antique tự động protected by display case

  • Tent-shaped displays in design museum

    Tent-shaped displays in design museum

  • Ceiling-suspended display

    Ceiling-suspended display

  • Counter display of baked goods

    Counter display of baked goods

  • Through-wall transparent display

    Through-wall transparent display

  • Rare-book library on display

    Rare-book library on display

  • A shadow box for a United States Army soldier who served during the Iraq War

    A shadow box for a United States Army soldier who served during the Iraq War

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