Prism Showcases

  • our prism showcase in a museum display
  • black and white design of prism showcases

Prism cases allow an intimate close-up view of small exhibits and flat documents whilst combining effortless opening with a high level of security and environmental control.

A securely bonded all-glass vitrine is attached to a minimal metal base frame which conceals hinges, locks and gas support struts. The versatile Prism design range allows cases to be mounted horizontally onto plinths, tables or shelves or mounted vertically to walls or other exhibition structures.

There is a wide range of plinths available; all of which can be customised.

Type of exhibits

As you can get very close to exhibits the Prism design range is ideal for small or flat intricately detailed exhibits such as coins, manuscripts, books, jewellery, gems, fossils, small archaeology and personal effects. We have also developed the Prism design range to exhibit much longer items such as scrolls.


For an even light, exhibits are best lit externally with two lights positioned above the case at either side shining back across the case, this avoids light reflecting back at viewers and prevents shadows. Where this is not possible or other lighting effects are required we can provide a range of LED or fibre optic light fittings including gantry bars, swan neck or spotlight fittings.


These cases are usually hinged with support provided by gas struts so that they open effortlessly and the top is safely supported when open. For larger cases or where hinged opening is not possible, we can fit electrically operated synchronised motor systems in plinths or tables. When a case is located against a wall a solid back is provided with an alternative hinge position. Very small Prism cases can be made with a lighter frame and lift off glass vitrine.

Protecting your exhibits

Conservation - The Prism design solution is inherently well sealed and with careful selection of baseboard materials it is suitable for the most sensitive of exhibits to be displayed.

Security - With the Prism design solution the bonding of the glass joints will resist attack and can be stronger than the glass itself. Cases are fitted with concealed hinges and two Abloy™ locks which provide a high level of security and a wide range of keying options. Alarm sensors are easily concealed within the case structure.

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