My local picture frame it shop sells 25mm (1") deep display cases finished off in pine for around £12. A combination of dark wood stain and varnish adds ensures it matches the mahogany wood finish of a modern house. Internally the base (cardboard) is covered in a velvet type cloth lightly glued with Copydex. Pressed to the internal glass surface is a 25mm surrounding border, supplied by the shop. The cases are simply fixed to the wall hooks by eyelets and cord.
The two cases measure 420 x 420 (mm) and are nearly full! My next project will be to source smaller cases and display the sets by issue dates. Special editions (e.g. FW Gollies, Olympic sets, etc) and of course the GBC badges are exhibited in a glass fronted free standing display case. (Nigel).
We have plain wall displays that have been sectioned into about 25 little areas. There is a "roof" over the top that forms four more sections.
We have cut ceiling tiles to fit into each section and covered these
with felt. We have then pushed the badges into the tiles. Melanie's Collection
I use W H Smith's Coin disply pages to keep my Golly Badges in order.
Each page has 16 square pockets into which a golly badge fits neatly. There is a space for a description under each pocket. They come either
with an album or just as spare sheets.
Some advantages of this way of displaying I find are:-
it's easy to
flick over and see the backs of the badges.
The pages can either be
kept in a binder or pinned to a background.
They are easy to flip
through when you are e-baying etc
Then of course there was the earlier discussion started by Liz Prigg where people were concerned that storing the large 90s badges in their plastic bags caused them to discolour. I also saw some of these badges that had been in the damp and they seemed to have 'rusted'.(Mike).
Maybe you could put pins through the top of the bags in a display case? (Mags).
I've taken all my badges out of their
bags because I want to see them. I just can't understand how anybody
who likes these things would not! Who on earth believes sellers
when they say "Still in manufacturesrs bag"? What a lot of nonsense. You don't have to be Houdini to remove a staple from a
plastic bag and put it back again.
I think that people don't realise how resilient the surfaces of the
badges are, especially the enamel ones. It's actually fairly
difficult to mark the fronts of badges unless they come into contact
with hard abrasive things, which is unlikely in the tender care of a
I keep most of mine on a long length of black cloth. When I put them
away I roll the cloth up which means the golly is protected by soft
cloth. Easy to look at, easy to store. I happen not to want them on a
wall in my house.
The trouble I find in displaying is the tediousness of moving them
around as your collection grows. No one wants to start off with a
case that could take 400 or so badges with only a handfull in it. I
have thought about an expanding system quite a lot as for 20 years I
used to build prototypes of new designs and should be good at this
sort of thing, but in my procrastinating way haven't done anything as
yet (and probably never will).
Funnily enough, having a website is a great way of looking at your
own collection although mine is seriously out of date. Finding a
golly on eBay and then being able to compare it with what you have or
not in your collection without getting up from your chair is really