The George Cross and medals awarded to one of our clients.
PRESENT TURNAROUND IS AROUND 7-10 DAYS
From 1 January we have needed to increase the prices of replica and miniature medals due to overseas supplier cost increases beyond our control. Existing orders will not be effected. This is in part because we are now using a large number medals sourced from the United Kingdom as we have found that in recent months a number of substandard replicas are being sold online.
We will be working intermittently throughout January and will attend to work as received.
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. For a decade we were the medal mounters for the NZSAS and were also medal mounters for the Australian Federal Police. 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. You have heard us mentioned numerous times on Newstalk ZB and on TVNZ.
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.
New UK medal clasps and criteria changes.
The following new clasps and changes of criteria to existing medals have been announced. Some NZ veterans may qualify, UK veterans living in NZ will certainly qualify. We will have the clasps in stock as soon as they are issued.
Those servicemen who served in Cyprus during the period 21 December 1963 to 26 March 1964 will be awarded the General Service Medal (1962) with clasp “CYPRUS 1963-64”. Applications for the new clasp will be accepted from 1 March 2015 onwards. The first of the awards will be despatched towards the end of that month (however these timings remain under review). Applications will be dealt with in date order.
The General Service Medal 1918-62 with clasp ‘BERLIN AIRLIFT’ will be awarded for at least one day’s service to all aircrew, RAF and civilians who took part in the Berlin Airlift operation from 25 June 1948 to 6 October 1949 inclusive. Applications for the new clasp will be accepted from 1 March 2015 onwards. The first of the awards will be made towards the end of that month (however these timings remain under review). Applications will be dealt with in date order.
Existing Medals/Clasps that are to be awarded under revised qualifying criteria
The qualifying period for the award of the South Atlantic Medal without the Rosette will be extended from 12 July to 21 October 1982, when the airfield at Mount Pleasant became operational. Applications for the South Atlantic Medal, under the new time extension, will be accepted from 1 October 2014 onwards. The awards will begin to be despatched towards the end of that month. Applications will be dealt with in date order.
Those who participated in the suppression of acts of terrorism in Cyprus between 1 April 1955 and 24 December 1959 will qualify for the General Service Medal 1918–62 with clasp ‘CYPRUS’ if they served for 90 days or more. The qualifying period has been reduced from 120 days, bringing it into line with the qualifying period for service during the Kenya anti-terrorism campaign. Applications for the clasp ‘CYPRUS’ under the new qualifying period will be accepted from 1 October 2014 onwards. The first of the clasps will be despatched towards the end of that month. Applications will be dealt with in date order.
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 $150 for a 1914-5 trio. Please refer to our dedicated page for further details.
BRITISH BATTLES AND MEDALS BOOK
This is a massive BRAND NEW sealed 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
Our new New Zealand made medal cases have arrived. The cost is $40 per case . The lid is gold blocked with our name and for $15 we can have a brass name plate fitted on the lid instead. We have limited stock and as they were immensely popular previously at this stage are not selling these except when we have mounted or supplied the medals to go in them.
We envisage getting further different cases from Australia in coming weeks and also have the premium range in blue leather available on order from the UK at around $80 a case.
So why entrust your medals to us?
PRESENT TURNAROUND FOR MOUNTING IS AROUND 7 DAYS
Framing is around least 2 weeks turnaround 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 $8 (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.
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. For that reason we do not sell ribbon and brooches for DIY medal mounting, much like your mechanic won't sell you parts so you can have a go at fixing your own car.
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 a significant 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 contacted by a WW2 and Japan Occupation 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 in length, a long unsuitable pin had been used and poor quality ribbon also used - essentially this veteran had paid $100 to have his medals mounted in a manner that looked like he had done them himself - by a firm advertising their service.
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. We have agencies throughout NZ as well as advertisements in the RSA Review and RSA clubs throughout NZ.
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.
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!
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.