Awards and sports collectibles often are somewhat smaller than other objects that might be presented on a display stand, so the stands in the following picture are of a size to give more prominence to an object on a desk, credenza or bookshelf. The stands, in decreasing height, are a pommele sapele veneered stand (11" x 11" x 30" tall), a fiddleback mahogany veneered stand (8" x 8" x 16"), a walnut burl veneered stand (7 5/16" x 7 5/16" x 12"), and a myrtle burl veneered stand (6" x 6" x 12"). As well as the color and figure of the veneer, the shape and dimensions of a stand can be designed to best match the size and proportions of the displayed object.
Lacewood is an African wood, button is a type of veneer figure typically associated with it. The veneer, while active with its three dimensional look, has a brown tone that works with many different objects. The top, more visible in the picture of sample display stand tops, has a strong framing property. Neither the glove nor the fifty-something woodworker who used it were famous.
The fiddleback figure offers a primary vertical direction from the wood grain and a secondary horizontal pattern from the curl. The movement and light-dark contrast complement especially well the monotone dark object on display. Some time after the photo was made, it was learned that the helmet in fact was worn by a World War II turret gunner and not an early football player. The top of the stand does not have a clear direction, with the forty-five degree reverse diamond seams and competition between the wood grain and curl; it is not a problem here because the helmet covers most of the top.
An application of linseed oil gives the walnut burl a rich dark appearance that will not compete with any displayed object. A single piece walnut burl top provides an attractive, consistent background for the object, here a contest award.
Some objects benefit from a much lighter display stand, such as this baseball. A collectible autographed baseball would be lost on a busy office tabletop or bookshelf; elevating it on an attractively figured stand gives it the deserved prominence without competing with it for attention.
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