Custom Clam-shell Boxes

Samples of Completed Projects
Handcrafted, custom clam-shell boxes (also known as drop-spine, or Solander, boxes) built to house, protect, and display your valuable books, manuscripts, maps, family records, photographs, fine art prints, etc. May also be used for a portfolio. Cases are constructed of heavy duty, archival quality book-binder's board, then covered with paper, cloth, or leather, in colors that will complement the items, including custom papers/fabric of your own design. I can also add extra internal divider trays, either fixed or removable.
Prices for clam-shell boxes start at $125.00, plus shipping.
It is recommended, but not mandatory, that you send the book to us for proper measurement.
To obtain a cost estimate, measurements accurate to 1/2-inch (15mm) are sufficient. Height, width, and 'spine' measurements required.
For actual construction, measurements accurate to within 1/16-inch (1mm) are necessary.
For further details, just send an EMail message by using the link at the bottom of this page.
You may also supply your own covering material, if you wish. Write for details on what materials can be used.
Details, and photos, of selected past projects shown below.
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Clam-shell box for 3 books about Christopher 'Kit' Carson.
Buckskin leather covering with labels and decorations on the spine. Kit Carson was a Brevet Brigadier General during the US Civil War.
'Shoulders' built to accommodate the two smaller books.
Clam-shell box for 'Hallucinogenic Plants' by Richard Evans Schultes, published by Golden Press, 1976. ISBN: 030764362X
(Apropos) marbled paper and black cloth, custom foil on leather label on spine.
Clam-shell box for a First Edition of 'Taps At Reveille' by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
External, and internal, fabric colors chosen to complement the colors of the dust-jacket. Facsimile dust-jacket images added on the spine and front panel. Client did not want title/author on the front panel, so that information was removed utilizing photo-editing software.
Main Street - Clamshell Box
1937 Limited Editions Club printing of 'Main Street' by Sinclair Lewis, illustrations by Grant Wood (of 'American Gothic' fame).
External covering of grey-cloth to complement the grey of the book-cover; internal covering of gold-cloth to complement the color of the duo-tone illustrations. Spine label added, on box, similar to that on the book.
Book Of Thoth - Clamshell Box
Clamshell box for a copy of Book of Thoth by Aleister Crowley.
External covering of leather with leather labels reproduced from the book. External covering, and internal covering, also of illustrated paper copied from the original book.
Lewis and Clark Codices - Clamshell Box
A 3-volume set of 'Lewis and Clark Codices', with descriptive pamphlet, reprints produced by the American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia.
Maroon goat, marbled paper, and natural linen used for coverings. Spine label using the Art Gothic font found on the publisher labels on the booklets. One of the volumes is smaller than the other two, so I constructed an internal 'pocket' to hold the smaller item.
Prince Of Tides - Clamshell Box
A signed, limited edition, 'Prince of Tides' by Pat Conroy.
Interior trays are covered with a maroon 'crackle' fabric (think of very old, weathered, maroon paint) - exterior is a very dark blue fabric. Exterior front and spine panels have modified reproduction of the first edition dust-jacket - interior has reproduction of original dust-jacket concept art by Wendell Minor. A different WM image was selected for the original dust-jacket.
The front panel also includes a raised-relief/cut-out suggestive of the dust-jacket art.
Gravity's Rainbow - Clamshell Box
First Edition of 'Gravity's Rainbow' by Thomas Pynchon, Viking Press, New York, 1973 ISBN: 0670348325.
Three clam-shell treatments; second box has raised relief to complement the blind-stamp on the book cover.
To Be Or Not To Be - Clamshell Box
'To Be or Not to Be'; the pictorial biography of Amitabh Bachchan, by Khalid Mohamed, ISBN: 8190151703.
Framed photo on front panel, internal photos, quotation engraved on brass plate (above photos).
The book is approx. 11 x 14 inches, and weighs almost 7 pounds. Weight of book and clam-shell box, together, is a little over 9 pounds.
Greendale - Clamshell Box
Greendale by Neil Young, illustrated by James Mazzeo, Sanctuary, London, 2004, ISBN: 1860746497.
Covering fabric chosen to complement the green cloth on the book covers.

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