New Zealand Medals Ltd - Military Antiques and Medals. Medal Mounting & Restoration

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. 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.
Following each ANZAC Day we will often be contacted by a couple of clients who have sustained damage to their medals following ANZAC services. Sometimes medals fall off, sometimes over interested children damage them etc etc. If we have mounted your medals and they suffer damage for any reason please return them to us and we will fix them at no charge. Over May we work at a slightly reduced pace to allow a holiday after the ANZAC Day rush but we will attend to any repairs or remounts reasonably promptly.

New Framing Option

We now have this as a framing option. Frames (ex UK) to hold a set of medals of any size. The frames come in various sizes based on the size of the set of medals (ie: 2-6) but the 5 spaced one is ideal for medals mounted per NZ regulations. These wall hung cases are able to be accesed from the reverse to allow the medals to be removed and worn. This is something our framer in Auckland resists so its ideal for clients who want to display their medals without a photo etc. There is room for a metal name plate as well. These frames are ordered from the maker in England as needed and are $100 ea. Please allow 2-3 weeks delivery time. Name plaques are $15 ea.

The French Legion d'Honneur

A growing number of our clients have recently been awarded the French Legion d'Honneur for services during WW2. We are mounting a number and we do stock the correct ribbon in full sized and miniature.

We have imported from France a number of lapel rosettes, genuine full sized medals and miniature medals. These are genuine antique items (often with 18 ct gold detail and all with genuine silver base. Some of the miniatures have been diamond studded. French or Continental miniatures are often a little smaller than their British counterparts however the medals fit well into a NZ set. We sell miniatures at $100 ea, large medals at $200 ea and lapel rosettes at $15 ea. All are genuine and are repurposed and restored. As these are in limited stocks and not easy to source we can only sell these to medal mounting clients (and not as a standard retail item) - some of whom prefer to keep the original medal cased and to wear one of our medals, and many of whom have a couple of groups of their medals.

We recently completed the museum restoration of the set of medals to Brigadier James Hargest CBE, DSO and 2 bars, MC

The George Cross and medals awarded to one of our clients.


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.

The very popular NZDSM and NZOSM lapel pins are back in stock. If you are the recipient of these medals one lapel pin is free when we mount your medal/s (otherwise $10 ea)

We also have the lapel pins for the NZGSM non warlike, NZGSM warlike and the Vietnam Medal.


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 1914-18 pair and $150 for a 1914-15 trio. Please refer to our dedicated page for further details. PLEASE NOTE THAT THESE ARE MOUNTED TO ORDER. and are not the poor quality ones you see offered online. These are so good they can be machine named ( @ $20 ea) if required.


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.

British Battles and Medals Book
British Battles and Medals book. The ultimate reference text for a medal buff or library
Price: NZ $150.00

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




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?
  • 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.
    Framing is around  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 or a restaurant won't sell you a cut of meat to cook at home. We go to the effort of sourcing and commissioning items so we can do the best job possible. We regularly interact and exchange ribbon etc with a couple of other professional medal mounters in Hamilton, Waiouru and Australia however will not retail or wholesale ribbon or brooches unless we know you.
    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 were 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 have seen similar lack of quality from a couple of picture framers as well. Many framers send medals they receive to us for mounting before framing.
    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.