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New Zealand Medals Ltd

Military Antiques and Medals. Medal Mounting & Restoration


At present the only framing we are offering is a frame with an opening reverse to hold a mounted set of medals. The cost is typically $130 - $200 depending on the size. This frame allows the medals to be removed and worn and then reattached for display.

There is the facility to include photos and we will supply an appropriate piece of insignia and a plaque with the recipients details.

Often you may wish to have your medals or family medals framed for display. This can be a very expensive process and worse, some of the framing processes can be damaging to the medals or items being framed or done by people who do not known what they are doing. We will typically charge 30-40% of the cost a framer will charge for medal framing. Please note that some framers will glue documents and medals into frames and will damage or modify your items including cutting off lugs etc. A badge with lugs removed is worth nothing and it seems ironic that items are destroyed by framers when the owners intention is to preserve them. We use acid free tapes and items are not damaged. The inside of the frame isn't pretty as each item is attached individually but then its not supposed to be seen. Please note that some tapes can be effected by damp so let us know if you will be keeping the frame in a damp area.

We take pride in how we frame medals and related items. We have a few options as far as layout and content is concerned but intentionally do not have a huge range of frames and mat boards so we are able to maintain a consistent quality finish.

Please note that we outsource framing manufacture and mat board cutting to Factory Frames Ltd but that the frames are assembled by us. This ensures that a quality product is made and that also your precious items are not out of our care. We make no secret about the fact that we use a professional framing firm to assist us with our framing. We know our limitations. When framers try medal mounting the end result is usually poor and the same would apply if we were to try and cut our own frames and mat boards.

When making name plaques for frames we usually copy information such as dates of birth from service records and sometimes there can be discrepancies especially if someone has falsified their age when enlisting. It is much easier for us for you to supply the details you would like included on the plaque.

Also, we will shortly be standardising our frames and layouts. This is because of the significant work involved in setting up some frames. Please ask us about framing options. The only frame offered is standard painted black or dark stained timber as the depth of the frame needs to be such that the items are set back from the glass. There is a range of coloured mat cards available. We only use suede card for opening frames as it weathers far better.

If you have any specific custom framing needs we recommend FACTORY FRAMES in Lunn Avenue, Mt Wellington and also on the North Shore.

Our standard medal type frame. Plain dark stained timber with a choice of black, maroon or blue suede card. Name plaques are also provided with recipient details. This frame was prepared for RMC Duntroon in Australia. "Morrie" Stanley was a NZ hero of the Battle of Long Tan during the Vietnam War.

full sized medals swung mounted and framed for display. A frame of this type is around $150 - $175 including the brass plaque.

full sized medals mounted for display court style

miniature medals mounted for display

WW2 Memorial Cross and campaign medals to a man killed at Crete. This is type of frame and mounting is around $220 - $250

Below, a WW1 MM and MID group with Gallipoli Medallion. The owner wanted the medals left exactly as worn by his father so we conserved them and they were framed accordingly. The cost for this type of frame is around $220

Below, a conservation mount using antique ribbons and an elaborate gilt frame. The Gallipoli Medallion (bottom left) was unclaimed and so we claimed it for the decendants and it now completes his medal entitlement. Please note that we do not charge for claiming unclaimed medals. This medal recipient was killed whilst serving with the Camel Corps. A mount and frame of this type will typically cost around $350 to $450 depending on the number of medals. PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS FRAME MAY NOT AVAILABLE ANYMORE so please enquire.

Below is a similar frame recently undertaken for a client. In addition we supplied the medals contained in the frame to represent the honours and awards won by their relative.