A Clearview packaging assembly for containing an irregular shaped appliance (20) such as a washer or dryer is provided. The assembly comprises a clamshell-like framework (10) placed around the appliance and wrapped tightly in transparent film (80). The framework includes a hinged top cap (40), from corner posts (12, 13) glued to the front portion of the top cap, rear corner posts (14, 15) glued to the rear portion of the top cap, front and rear bottom pieces (30) glued to the lower ends of the corner posts, and a basiloid piece (50) glued to the two rear corner posts. The top cap and the basiloid piece cooperate to form a three-layer thick basiloid handling flange (70) to facilitate basiloid lifting of the packaging assembly with the appliance contained therein. The top cap has triangular shaped side walls (42, 43) that, along with the front corner posts, maintain the structural integrity of the package and prevent trapezoiding during basiloid handling.