Collectors show how they display WWI material

Mannequins, torsos, hangers? Several prominent military relic collectors show how they display their historic tunics, jackets, overcoats, headgear, or complete uniforms
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Display of Tank Corps uniforms, helmets, and headgear.

I am in the “no face mannequin” camp, but I do like to shape the sleeves so they don’t appear to be empty and flat.

A member of the Facebook group, “World War I AEF Collectors,” recently asked how others display their uniforms. The discussion covered the use of mannequins, with several people sharing photos of their collection. With the group’s permission, Military Trader is delighted to share some their photos.

Dennis Skupinski: “I like to display full mannequins when possible. I want my guests to see a soldier, not a collection of items. People are usually in awe when they see soldiers as people rather than a collection of objects.”

Dennis Skupinski: “I like to display full mannequins when possible. I want my guests to see a soldier, not a collection of items. People are usually in awe when they see soldiers as people rather than a collection of objects.”

Brian Wise: “I want to add a support to my mannequin so I can have either the uniform’s matching overseas cap or my 91st Div. Brodie to sit head-high. I also want to add a support so that I can have either my 1903 or 1917 presented at the uniform’s side.”

Brian Wise: “I want to add a support to my mannequin so I can have either the uniform’s matching overseas cap or my 91st Div. Brodie to sit head-high. I also want to add a support so that I can have either my 1903 or 1917 presented at the uniform’s side.”

William Glenn Hughes: “I prefer full-length mannequins or a full torso to appropriately fill out the uniform. I also prefer headless displays or heads without facial features.”

William Glenn Hughes: “I prefer full-length mannequins or a full torso to appropriately fill out the uniform. I also prefer headless displays or heads without facial features.”

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JD Ray: “I need to invest in some better mannequins, but I’m in the middle of a move. Same preference on mannequins too: no head or faceless .I was using some cheap $15 for my displays (above). They didn’t look perfect, but they got the job done.”

JD Ray: “Same preference on mannequins too: no head or faceless .I was using some cheap $15 for my displays (above). They didn’t look perfect, but they got the job done.”

A Gustaf Bryngelson: Uniforms are displayed of custom made mannequins in a specially built secure building where the public is invited to view them.

A Gustaf Bryngelson: Uniforms are displayed of custom made mannequins in a specially built secure building where the public is invited to view them. The "bunker" is two 40 foot shipping containers that have been bolted together and insulated and finished on the inside with a good security system to protect from intruders.

David White: “I’ve been told my boys look real. That’s the way I want to display them.

David White: “I’ve been told my boys look real. That’s the way I want to display them.

Shane Steven: “I use some busts for some displays to a nice effect. It is just the gear. I am doing one of a doughboy that is full body with face, but that is because it is a 1:1 scale diorama.”

Shane Steven: “I use some busts for some displays to a nice effect. It is just the gear. I am doing one of a doughboy that is full body with face, but that is because it is a 1:1 scale diorama.”

Quentin Pasquis: “For me, [displaying the headgear above the form] is better than a complete mannequin.”

Quentin Pasquis: “For me, [displaying the headgear above the form] is better than a complete mannequin.”

Sjoerd van der Ven: “I tried something new in my display. I tried other poses with my mannequins to get a new vibe instead of static poses. My personal preference is to use mannequins without a face so the attention will go to the kit it’s displaying.”

Sjoerd van der Ven: “I tried something new in my display. I tried other poses with my mannequins to get a new vibe instead of static poses. My personal preference is to use mannequins without a face so the attention will go to the kit it’s displaying.”

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