A display case (showcase or display cabinet) is a cabinet with one or often more transparent glass (or plastic, normally acrylic for strength) sides and/or top, used to display objects for viewing, for example in an exhibition, museum, house, in retail, or a restaurant. Often labels or prices are included with the displayed objects, providing information. In a museum, the displayed cultural artifacts are normally part of the museum's collection. In retail, the objects are normally being offered for sale.
A display case may be freestanding on the floor, or may be smaller and mounted on the wall, or may be hanging from the ceiling. There are three types of freestanding showcases: counter, middle floor and wall. Counter showcases are designed to 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 stores. The middle floor cases are built to display objects from all sides and are meant to be placed in the middle of the room. Wall showcases, as their name implies, are meant to 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 showcase expensive items or collections. 'Trophy cases' are a form of wall cases.
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. They can ship pre-assembled or knockdown. Knockdown showcases are shipped in pieces to 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 of poorer quality than pre-assembled and often arrive missing pieces. The showcases available at The Shop Company are all pre-assembled.
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