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

Medals for Collectors and Investment

Collecting medals is a popular pastime. We have a wide range of medals available so please send us details of any you are looking for. We have medals from the former collection of Aubrey Bairstow (which is a 30 year collection), the collection of the late Dr John Ross (which is a 70 year collection), as well as medals we have purchased as second hand dealers. All medals we sell will come with provenance and are genuine and as described.


We have a policy of generally NOT stating the name of the recipient when giving details of the medals in question. This is because we have noticed an annoying and dishonest trend over the years of descendants searching their ancestors name, finding the medals for sale, then insisting that the medals were "clearly" stolen 50 - 100  years earlier as "granddad would not have sold them". This policy of not naming recipients is becoming more common practice throughout the industry now.

Prices shown are inclusive of GST and include courier delivery NZ wide.
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A NEW ZEALAND MOUNTED RIFLES MACHINE GUNNER WHO BECAME A PILOT IN THE ROYAL FLYING CORPS DURING WW1, LATER A WW2 BRIGADIER COMMANDING AT VARIOUS TIMES, CANTERBURY, 27 NZ MACHINE GUN BN AND BURNHAM CAMP.

An historic NZ ww1 aviators medal set to a man who retired as a Brigadier having commanded the Canterbury Regiment and Burnham Camp during WW2. 

Searle Mason was born in 1892. He joined the NZEF in July 1915 and served with the NZMR as a mounted machine gunner in Palestine. In 1917 he was commissioned into the Royal Flying Corps and served as a Pilot in the Middle East flying Bristol Scouts, Avros and Maurice Farmans. He later transferred to the Somerset Light Infantry, becoming its Adjutant and he served as part of the occupation force of Germany. 

On his return to New Zealand he remained serving in the New Zealand forces . By 1936 he was Colonel of the Canterbury Regiment and eventually the entire Southern region. He was awarded the CBE in 1938. His CBE military was from existing old stocks ,  not the new variety introduced in 1936. During ww2 he held various roles including Lt Col 27 NZ Machine Gun BTN, Camp Commandant Burnham Camp and Colonel of the 6th reinforcements . He seems to have embarked overseas with the rfts and was likely entitled to the Africa Star. Mason ended the war a Brigadier . He never wore the ww2 medals issued to him as he died shortly after their issue. His file shows 1939-45 war and NZ Service Medals as well as the Africa Star. 

CBE (1st type Mil) with case 1914-15 Star, War and Victory medals [7/1556 Tpr. S.D. Mason NZEF] Geo V Silver Jubilee medal, Geo VI Coronation medal, Efficiency Decoration [Col. S.D.Mason, Cmdg. 3rd N.Z. Inf. Bde] , NZ Long and Efficient Service medal [Maj. S.D.Mason, Cantby. Rgt]; and NZ Territorial Service medal [Capt. S.D. Mason, Cantby. Rgt]. The last not mounted 

An unique group on several levels.


Provenance : Cordys Auctions 2018, privately owned 20 plus years by their seller. 


A group of South Island and national importance . This cannot be exported without permission from MCH which has not been sought. 

$7500




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A VERY RARE 1880S UFBA MEDAL AND RELATED PRIZE MEDAL 

The best UFBA medal I have had in 30 years , and the oldest by a decade . The medal is to J Winterbourn of the Kaiapoi Fire Brigade , having joined in 1880 . 

John Winterbourn was the son of an early Kaiapoi settler and a well known local identity. He was a champion rower , described as the premier oarsman of his time, and he was also a well known foreman at Kaiapoi Woollen Mills. With the medal is an exceptional early NZ prize medal for the Cure Boating Club as a stroke, won 1886.


I recently found these medals in Canada and returned them to New Zealand

$ by negotition


































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NZ Defence Service Medal with Regular clasp to L/Cpl RNZAMC


Provenance : Trade Me 2018
$225

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Boer War and WW1 father and son set. Father died Boer War son served RN WW1

QSA correctly named in sloping style Pte Grenadier Guards and Metropolitan Police 1897 Jubilee as P.C. E Div to father
1914-15 trio to son as OS2 RN (OS3 on star)

Father served with 2nd Battalion, Grenadier Guards and Died of disease - (enteric fever) 26 Aug 1900 at Mooi River
Son was born 1896 and served in RN during WW1 from 1914 to 1919 including on Pembroke, Bacchante, Tyne II, Wallington and Prince George.



Provenance, purchased by us on trade me about 8 years ago. sold to private collector from whom we have purchased it back 2018.

$650
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A rare Knight Bachelors neck badge post 1974 in its case of issue.

There is a small area of enamel damage as is common with these medals. This can be repaired and is priced accordingly.

The medal has the Birmingham Hallmark date letter A for 1975 and is on a full neck ribbon.

This is an order of Knighthood. Recipients are "Sir" . The Queen now gives the neck award only but members can also buy and wear the breast award.




Provenance: dealer, London, UK 2018
$650
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A modern medal set comprising of Nato Former Yugoslavia Medal, Jubilee Medals for 2002 and 2012 and the Army LSGC.

The last medal laser engraved S SGT RAMC.

The London Gazette confirms the LSGC medal was awarded 2012.


Provenance: dealer , Southampton, UK 2018
$320

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A desirable modern set to a Royal Artillery Gunner who served in Former Yugoslavia, Kosovo, Iraq and Cyprus.

I believe that he has then taken his discharge and then re-joined a uniformed service, at which stage he has later got his 2012 Jubilee Medal.

The Iraq Medal is correctly laser named as a Gunner in the RA. The Jubilee Medal has been tacked onto the original mounting suggesting his later service may have been with a service which did not pay for medal mounting such as Police, Prison or Ambulance Service.


Provenance: dealer , Southampton, UK 2018
$450

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A rare Imperial Service Medal 1st type star shaped in its titled case of issue.

The medal is named to Sydney E Buckeridge.

Sydney joined the Post Office as a Boy Sorter in about 1875. He rose to the ranks of Overseer, living in Peckham, London. He died 28 October 1942.

An extremely attractive medal.

The medal appears in the London Gazette 14 November 1919.

Provenance: dealer, London, UK 2018
$300

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A WW1 MILITARY CROSS AND TRIO TO THE ROYAL WEST SURREY REGIMENT & 182 TUNNELLING COMPANY ROYAL ENGINEERS.

Military Cross GVR, 1914-15 Star (2.LIEUT L A HORNE THE QUEENS R), 1914-18 War and Victory Medals (CAPT L A HORNE). All medals in EF order.

Lindsay Austin Horne was a graduate of the University of London and served with the 1st Bn Bedfordshire Regt before transferring to the Queens Royal West Surrey Regt on 5 July 1915. They had a significant rate of killed officers in 1915. He remained with them until 3 July 1916 when he transferred to the 182nd Tunnelling Company , Royal Engineers. He later also served with 3 Bridging Batn RE. His medals were sent to him in the Sudan, where he was working with the Sudan Plantation Syndicate, a cotton growing plantation in Borakot in the Blue Nile Province. No doubt his Engineering background was being used for the irrigation process. He died in Kent 1 February 1929 leaving a large estate of 4082 pounds.

The Military Cross was awarded "for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty while leading his men under heavy fire"  London Gazette 26 June 1918.

Provenance. Private Collection NZ c 1970
                     Private Collection NZ c 2014-2018

$3250


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AN UNUSUAL BOER WAR AND WW1 SET TO AN OFFICER MENTIONED IN DESPATCHES DURING WW1.

Queen's South Africa 1899-1902, 3 Clasps, Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal (2/Lieut. E. Jecks. Imp. Yeo) re-engraved naming; Kings South Africa 1901-01, 2 Clasps(2/Lieut. E. Jecks. Imp. Yeo.) re-engraved naming; 1914-15 Star (Capt. E. Jecks. A.S.C.); British War Medal and Victory Medal with M.I.D. Oak Leaves (Major E. Jecks. A.S.C.) mounted as worn.

I wouldnt write the Boer War Medals off as being defective as despite being re-engraved it was clearly done at the time. Officers Boer War Medals were hand engraved and this is the correct style. Its likely because of a spelling error made at the time as oppossed to any concerning reason.

Very fine.

M.I.D. London Gazette 1 January 1916.

Ethelbert Jecks served with the 13th Battalion, Middlesex Volunteer Rifle Corps, before being commissioned Second Lieutenant in the Imperial Yeomanry on 13 April 1901. He resigned his Commission on 7 August 1901 before subsequently joining the 21st (County of London) Battalion, London Regiment as Second Lieutenant on 30 March 1909. He resigned his Commission on 23 October 1912. Following the outbreak of the Great War he was commissioned temporary Second Lieutenant in the Army Service Corps on 7 October 1914, and was promoted temporary Captain on 18 December 1914. Advanced to acting Major on 12 May 1917. He relinquished his Commission and was granted the rank of Major on 6 February 1920.He moved to the Gold Coast of Africa after the war.

Provenance DNW July 2017
                    Private Collection, NZ 2018

$750


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ROYAL VICTORIAN MEDAL SET TO PRINCESS MARGARETS BUTLER

Rare verified Royal Victorian Medal in silver and the 2002 Golden Jubilee Medal, both awarded to David Griffen, Royal Chauffer and on the staff of Princess Margaret - the Princess Royal. Both medals un-named as issued.Complete in cases of issue. This is his full entitlement.

Griffin worked for the Palace for 30 years but when Margeret died he was fired.

In his time he had done various grey deeds for the Royals including burning a lot of Dianas items and incriminating Margaret love letters. Once fired he started talking. He was later charged with offences relating to retaining and selling items - as was his friend Paul Burrell - Dianas Butler.

He handed his medals back in 2002 but reclaimed them in 2010. Sold with the original cases for the medals (staining on the inside of the RVM case) and certificates for both (these framed).

Also with letters from the Palace acknowledging the return of the medals and then their subsequent return to Griffin. Also included are a couple of relevant newspaper articles. You can google DAVID GRIFFIN CHAUFFER for a lot of detail.

A totally unique chance to get a pair of medals to someone involved first hand with an interesting and controversial part of modern history.

In later years Griffin carried Princess Margaret when she became unable to walk.

He now lives in retirement on the Isle of Wight and works as a guide at Osborne House.

Provenance :UK approx 2011

$1950
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BRITISH EMPIRE MEDAL GROUP TO RNZAF

When these medals were purchased by a collector on trade me in August 2015 they comprised the WW2 pair, the GSM and the LSGC.

The collector had me obtain a replacement BEM from the official makers in the UK and we added in a NZOSM (genuine), replica NZDSM and a Pingat Jasa Malaysia Medal (genuine). He has since onsold the medals.

The medals are now the recipients complete set - although only the WW2, GSM and LSGC were actually his. RNZAF LSGC named officially.

The recipient was awarded a BEM 10 June 1967 and also a Chief of Air Staff Commendation in 1964

WW2 medals un-named as issued. GSM un-named as is common to RNZAF. OSM and PJM un-named as issued.

BEM is named in the present UK style. Swivels. Not marked replacement.

Sold at less than break up value.

Provenance :trade me 2015
Private Collection 2016

$800

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NEW ZEALAND FIRE BRIGADE LONG SERVICE AND GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL

Named. EIIR issue mounted on pin for wearing.

SOLD

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GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL 1918-6 EIIR MALAYA

Named Flt Lt   RNZAF

The GSM Malaya medals to RNZAF were generally issued un-named and named at a later stage, as was the case with this medal. Rare to an officer.

$450

 



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A NZ Volunteer Service Medal. Correctly named by Bock to 3/1618 PVT R LUKE 3RD AUCK REG (COUNTESS OF RANFURLY'S) OWN (1911).

A bit of loss of beeswax filling to naming at 4 o'clock due to small edge knock or rubbing.

A great medal. The number isnt a WW1 number. Probably his full entitlement

$450



























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A good early Palmerston North related Volunteer set

Volunteer Force LSGC Victoria issue named No207 COL-SERG WM PARKES PALMERSTON NTH RIFLE VOLS (1905) , NZ Long and Efficient Service Medal similarly named but dated 1901 and shooting medal named SERGT PARKES and with PNRV engraved to obverse. Mounted for display. A nice researchable set.

$750



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NZ DEFENCE SERVICE MEDAL

NZ Defence Service Medal and its corresponding miniature. CMT clasp. Named to an AC1 RNZAF.

Provenance : Trade Me 2017

$225


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WW1 and WW2 medal set to Staff Sergt James Paton - served Featherston POW Camp in WW2

Paton served in WW1 with the NZ Rifle Brigade and the Pay Corps. His WW1 medals are named 24/1459 S/SJT J S PATON NZEF. During WW2 he held various NCO ranks, eventually becoming a Staff Sgt again with the Temporary Staff. His home service included being at the POW Camp at Featherston where we housed Japanese prisoners. His Territorial Service Medal is named J S PATON LATE NZEF. An interesting set with some service papers.

$1100





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WW1 NZ trio and Meritorious Service Medal to NZ Medical Corps.

Trio named as a 10/551 S/Sgt A.L.......................NZEF  MSM named as Sjt Clerical Section, NZMC. Rare MSM to NZEF as only a little over 300 awarded - whereas over 400 DCM and 2300 MM awarded. He served with the Wellington Infantry at Gallipoli and in Egypt, thereafter with NZ Medical Corps.

$1850 


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A rare Australian Bravery Commendation

In the UK or New Zealand we would give a medal for bravery of this magnitude. The Australian honours system gives these bravery commendation awards instead. This was awarded to Robin Brett McFarlane for Bravery when faced with armed robbers at his workplace David Jones in Sydney in 1990, where he was shot during the incident.


Included is the Award in Presentation Box, Citation signed by The Governor General of Australia, Bill Hayden and a letter from the NSW Police Commissioner. The certificate has been laminated and it seems at some stage the emblems were pinned to it. We have framed this and have added replica awards into the frame to cover any obvious holes. The other insignia is in its (slightly damaged) box. A rare lot. Complete with a copied letter detailing the heroism of the recipient - which in the UK would have warranted a George Cross or George Medal.

$1250


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A Victorian pair to Colonel Francis Boyd Garfit of the Hampshire Regt.

Garfit was born 16 Sep 1849 in Boston, Lincolnshire. He took commission 16 September 1868 and served with his Regt in Afghanistan and Burma. The respective campaign medals are his full entitlement. He was discharged to retired list as a Lt Col 6 June 1894 and was still alive in 1911 with that rank.

The Afghanistan Medal has no clasp (as confirmed on the roll) and is correctly named in the sloping style of this medal as :
CAPTAIN F.B.GARFIT 67TH FOOT

The India GSM 1854-95 has clasp BURMA 1887-89 and is named MAJOR F B GARFIT 1ST BN HAMPS R

The medals surfaced locally with another IGS Burma to Pte the 2nd Btn Hampshire Regt and a QSA to the Prince of Wales Light Horse. I gather the IGS was to his batman and the QSA is his son in law. I will list them later on. I presume the family settled in New Zealand. Purchased from a friend who got them from a family. These have been sitting in my personal collection ever since.

Naming is correct and all medals are genuine first issues.

All medals fitted with genuine mint ribbons
















































$2500

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A rare early RAF medal set including both Indian GSM of the 20th Century and WW2 service. Both IGS are impressed as LAC RAF. The LSGC is named as Sgt RAF. A rare campaign combination which includes some of the early Desert and NW Frontier service.

$1500

ex Dr John Ross Collection.

A naval set including Africa General Service for Somaliland 1902-04.
1st medal as AB HMS Porpoise, trio as Leading Seaman RN and LSGC as Leading Seaman HMS Zealandia. Sold with a copy of his service papers confirming his service from 1892 as a Boy Seaman through to his transfer to the reserves in 1919. Served HMS New Zealand 1911.

$1000
























ex Dr John Ross estate
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An important Meritorious Service Medal and trio to the Tunnelling Coy, Royal Engineers

1914-15 trio named 136058 SJT W.HOMER R.E.  (SPR on Star)
Meritorious Service Medal GVR named 136058 SAPR -A.SJT : W HOMER . 183/TLG : Coy R.E.

Any awards to Tunnelling Coy are rare - MSM being the standard decoration to this brave unit as MMs and DCMs don't technically meet the "in the face of the enemy" criteria

$2,750.00

























































































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Colonial Auxiliary Forces Long Service Medal

Impressed
CAPT A Henderson MD NZMC

A nice medal to a Doctor. On a pin suggesting it may be full entitlment. RARE to New Zealanders.

Dr Albert Henderson JP, MB Mast. Surg. 1894, MD 1902, Univ. Aberdeen
Medal awarded 1922 (GO 52/1922)

Registered as Dr in NZ, 27 April 1908
Appt Public Vaccinator Te Awamutu 18 June 1908
1910 Resident Te Awamutu
Commissioned Capt, NZMC, 22 July 1910.
Appt JP 25 February 1914, Te Awamutu
Appointed Education Department, Medical Inspector of Schools, Hamilton
8 Dec 1919.
Retired, under the provisions of para 127, General Regulations 1913 on
5 April 1921 as Capt, NZMC.
1933 Resident 6 King's Avenue, Mount Eden, Auckland.
Died ~ 1947, Auckland.

VERY RARE TO NEW ZEALAND - 368 AWARDED.

$675

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GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL TO TRUCIAL OMAN SCOUTS - WHO SERVED AS SAS GUIDES

Impressed 1715 PTE MUHAMMAD ABDULLAH TOS
with clasp ARABIAN PENINSULA

$575

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A QUEENS SOUTH AFRICA MEDAL TO THE IMPERIAL LIGHT HORSE.

Impressed 1889 TPR H M (surname)  IMP LT HORSE with clasps CC, Trans and SA01. Sold with copy papers and roll. Served 24 Nov 1900 to 8 October 1901.


$380
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AN AFGHAN AND NORTHERN IRELAND PAIR TO THE ROYAL ANGLIANS

The regiments tour of Afghanistan the subject of a documentary series - the DVD of which is included.


$1200

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AN INTERESTING SET TO AN OFFICER, DENTIST, POLITICIAN AND ARTIST.

British Empire Medal EIIR Civil issue named CARL RUBENSTEIN (surname), 1914-18 War Medal impressed 3/3954 LIEUT C R (surname) NZEF and 1953 Coronation Medal (un-named as issued). Medals on an old mounting as worn. Together with a 1973 copied newspaper clipping about the recipient and his retirement. He was a dentist who served in WW1 based in the UK (so no Victory Medal entitlement). After the war he became involved in the North Shore Branch of the National Party - which he was a founder of. He distinguished himself in Art, Music and Photography and his name appears on the roll of those NZers who were awarded the Coronation Medal. As an artist he was a student of CF Goldie.

The BEM scarce to NZers.

$950


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A BOER WAR PAIR WITH 1911 CORONATION MEDAL AND ARMY LSGC MEDAL TO THE ROYAL ENGINEERS

The QSA engraved, the KSA impressed as is the LSGC. The Coronation Medal un-named as issued. Contained in an old fitted case. Surname is JONES

$750