New Zealand Medals Ltd - Military Antiques and Medals. Medal Mounting & Restoration
 
 
 
 
The George Cross and medals awarded to one of our clients.
 
PRESENT TURNAROUND IS AROUND 7 DAYS
Hello

Please be aware that my email account has been briefly hacked - or at least software is being used to make it appear that messages are coming from me. This is seemingly in response to some comments I placed on a facebook thread relating to the Internet Mana Party.

The matter is being referred to the Police.

In the meantime, should you receive any emails of an abusive nature that appear to have originated from me please be aware that they have not come from me.

Yours faithfully


Aubrey Bairstow

New Zealand Medals Ltd is focused on providing high-quality service and customer satisfaction - we will do everything we can to meet your expectations in delivering a quality medal mounting service.
 
We are a busy small firm and formerly were the mounter of medals to the NZ Defence Force. We remain a NZDF approved medal mounter. Our clients include serving and former members of all uniformed services in New Zealand and Australia as well as diplomats and well known identities
 
 
We live medals and love medals.

 

The medals to Colonel "Buzz" Burrows decorated for his service in Malaya with the NZSAS

A recent project with which we were asked to assist was the exterior wall at the RSA in Papatoetoe. We provided and set out ribbons representing campaign awards to New Zealanders from 1845 to present day. These were then prepared by local artist Regan Gentry and affixed to the wall. The end result is very eye catching.
 
 
 
 
We are very pleased and humbled to announce that we are the first recipient of the Auckland Chamber of Commerce Awesome Service Award
 
 
 
 
 
 
NEW ADDITIONS

WORLD WAR ONE REPLICA MEDALS

We have some amazing offers on court mounted sets of WW1 replica medals - ideal for wear during forthcoming commemorations priced at just $100 for a 1914-8 pair and $140 for a 1914-5 trio - delivered, boxed and GST inc.




 
BRITISH BATTLES AND MEDALS BOOK

This is a massive NEW volume of British Battles and Medals published 2006 (7th edition). It details every British Campaign Medal from the earliest days right through to modern conflicts. 798 pages , hard cover and also colour plates of ribbons. I remember when I first started collecting medals 30+ years ago. The 1970s reprint of this book was very hard to get -this volume is a massive improvement with assorted medal rolls, 100 pages of appendices, images of the medals and even details of naming styles. 

 

If you or someone in your family collect medals then this is the book for them. Many collectors spend thousands on their hobby without decent reference texts - which they find too costly. They rely on self published books, cheap reference texts, dealers lists or worse - internet forums. If you collect campaign medals and don't own this book then you need it.

Brand new in shrink wrap

$155 inc delivery costs NZ wide.









MASONIC LAPEL PINS
 
We have a stock of Masonic lapel pins ideal for wear by Masons wanting to show their membership or Marks. $15 ea inc delivery

 
 
MEDAL CASES
 
 
Our new medal cases have finally arrived. These have been purpose made in New Zealand for us. They will hold a mounted set of medals mounted to the standard NZDF specifications (5 side by side and overlapped thereafter) AND extras. The cost is $35 per case or $30 if we are mounting your medals or supplying replicas. These are a larger case than previously and will also hold miniature medals. 
SOLD OUT, MORE ON THEIR WAY
 
We also have a slightly more premium case at $45.This is in a faux leather finish with a slightly domed lid
 
 
 
 
We also have received the lapel pins representing the ribbon of the NZGSM 1992 Warlike and Non-Warlike in addition to our existing range of NZOSM, Vietnam Medal and NZDSM. As a gesture to any NZDF veterans whose medals we mount we will be continuing our offer of a free lapel pin. For the relevant service.
 
Otherwise they are available for purchase at $10 each.
 
 
 
 
FAIR GO
We have had numerous calls about these episodes for which we acted as their expert and we refer you to the "When Medal Mounting Goes Wrong" section of our site.
 
 
 
We are a small professional company offering medal mounting and restoration services to veterans, their families, and to the uniformed services.
 
So why entrust your medals to us?
  • It is important to note that we do know what we are doing. Aubrey Bairstow has an acute knowledge of British and Commonwealth medals from 1792 to present. He is a consultant to museums and media and is acknowledged as an expert in his field. He is a retired fraud investigator and a former collector of medals with a detailed knowledge of how to research people and their service.
  • We are not a part time business. We work full time undertaking medal mounting and restoration.
  • We are one of the most cost effective mounting and framing firms around and there are no hidden costs at all. Medal mounting is $20 per medal.
  • Unlike most other medal mounters we carry comprehensive liability insurance cover to protect your medals whilst they are in our care.
  • We pride ourself on our prompt completion time and quality of workmanship.
  • We only use new materials and our ribbons, brooches and ribbon bars are custom made for us.
    PRESENT TURNAROUND FOR MOUNTING IS AROUND 14 DAYS 
     
    Framing is at least 2-3 weeks delay  as name plaques, frames and mat boards are made off site to ensure the best possible quality. 
     
    We service ALL OF NEW ZEALAND. A next day NZ wide courier from NZ Post is a little over $7 (sent safely from your Post Office to our PO Box) so even if you live at the other end of the country there is no reason why you cannot use our service.
     
     
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    Vandalism by medal mounters.
    Sadly, some people, even recipients themselves, try to mount their medals and in doing so cause more damage than good. Medal mounting is an art. Unfortunately its a generational and even a kiwi thing to have a go at most things - don't in the case of medals.
     
    In the case of the set below the clasps were ground off and stuck to the ribbons. A valuable set of medals was butchered in literally the worst case of medal damage we have ever encountered - and sadly it is always seemingly to the best groups. In this case the medals were for sale at an antique store, so we purchased them (for not a cheap sum) as a repair project to restore some dignity to the memory of the veteran who won them.
     
     
    As you can see, the medals are in a sorry state. We repaired all the damaged clasps, removed the rather thick un-necessary varnish, remounted the medals in the correct order, and even added in a NZDSM replica and Pingat Jasa medal to complete his entitlement. The set is now a fitting tribute to someone who served for New Zealand in the Korean, Malaysian and Vietnam conflicts.
     
     
    A cautionary tale....
    We were recently contacted by a WW2 and Japan veteran who advised that a firm recommended to him by his local RSA had just mounted his medals and he was concerned with the end result.
    The firm was apparently one dealing in trophies but they advertised they did medal mounting as well. 
     
    We had him send the medals to us for an opinion. As you can see above, the medals were not even, a long unsuitable pin had been used and poor quality ribbon also used - essentially this veteran had paid close on $100 to have his medals mounted in a manner that looked like he had done them himself.
     
    We remounted his medals fully for free but the lesson is, medal mounting is a skilled service, you don't get the man who refills your car at the gas station to do your tax returns, so don't get anyone other than a professional medal mounter to mount your medals.
    And the end result when redone by us.
    And here he is on ANZAC Day 2012 wearing his medals as per the NZ Herald website.
    Here's another which arrived recently. The veteran was quite happy with this messy job as below. The medals were uneven, overlapped the wrong way and the NZOSM was even back to front! Glue was bleeding through the ribbon and short lengths of ribbon had been used which resulted in an uneven appearance. When he got his New Zealand Defence Service Medal we remounted the set correctly. Below is the before and after.
    Before..........................
    And then after we had remounted the medals and added in his NZDSM........
    The Post Office will courier your medals to our PO Box for $8 depending on the size of the group. So there is no reason why anyone in the country should not utilise our services. Many of our clients are based in the South Island. It is cheaper to courier us your medals from Bluff than it would be to drive to a local firm! Please use the courier bags at the post office as if you use your own bag the cost can be in excess of $15 for the same sized package.
     
    Also please do not used tracked post or standard post. The safest method of getting your medals to us by post is Courier Post at the Post Office. The bags are secure and are sent from the PO to our secure PO Box.
      
    Our advertising material is in most RSA's throughout New Zealand and we also advertise in the RSA Review and on trade me
     
    Please note that we are in no way associated with a South Island based former owner of this domain name.