Mom brought in this sword to be framed for her teenage son, as a birthday gift I believe. I asked whether she would like a working display; a frame that opens/recloses so he could take it out and put it back. In typically-maternal style, she said she wanted it closed up so he couldn't get to it. Do you suppose keeping it out of his hands was her motivation for having it framed?
All of the mounts are clear film straps. For the sword, two of the mounts are elevated on pedestals made of foam board (3 layers of 3/16"), covered by top-paper peeled off of a scrap of the matboard. The sheath is held by two simple straps. This sort of mounting is almost invisible from across the room, unlike bulkier mounts made of formed rod, shaped wood or acrylic, or other materials.
The Museum Glass box looks much better than an acrylic box would have, thanks to the optical coatings, and it didn't cost the customer any additional money. The box size is 42" x 10" x 3-1/4" deep, which is the longest one I've built to-date.