New Zealand Medals Ltd - Military Antiques and Medals. Medal Mounting & Restoration
A Covid-19 Update
 
We are now in lockdown level 2. Courier services are working well but can be very slow.

As many of our clients are older, our preference is to operate on a mail order basis for their safety, unless in special cases (such as value or quantity of medals or size of order). SPR (Site Pandemic Response) audits are completed on a daily basis allowing us to remain open.

The easiest way to contact us is email newzealandmedals@gmail.com 

The cancellation of ANZAC commemoration services this year has been especially painful for us. Last year they were cancelled due to the fall out of the shootings in Christchurch. In preparation for larger than normal services this year we had stocked up heavily on medals, ribbons, brooches and other materials from overseas manufacturers - as well as purchasing a lot of the stock of a local business which had closed. This was prudent as with many of our items coming from the UK the drop in the dollar against the pound means we cannot replace many of these medals for what we sell them for let alone what we paid. 

Please keep safe and stay at home and support NZ businesses.  

Aubrey
NZ Medals Ltd



 



Welcome
New Zealand Medals is a full time professional medal mounting and restoration service based in Auckland. We have many years experience in what we do and are well known as experts in the field. 

You are welcome to email or call and if you are based in Auckland or travelling here you are very welcome to arrange a time to drop by and discuss your medals. We are a by appointment business so we can moderate the number of clients we have in our premises at any one time. This is quite simply because medals are valuable and in many cases of high sentimental value as well. Email is the best way to make initial contact newzealandmedals@gmail.com

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. 

As our name implies we handle New Zealand military medals, although we also stock ribbons for all UK / British and commonwealth medals as well as the ribbon for a large number of nations - especially Tonga, France and America. We can mount any officially awarded medals from almost any nation. What we don't have available to hand we can source.

We do not have any involvement with trophies or sporting medals unless they are official government awards. 

Please note. We manufacture nothing. Everything we use is manufactured overseas by professional full time businesses specialising in that item. 

  • Replica and miniature medals come from the United Kingdom and Australia. 
  • Ribbon is manufactured predominantly by Toye Kenning & Spencer (founded 1685)  in the United Kingdom and occasionally in Pakistan for one offs. For a court mount we typically use 24cm of ribbon per medal.
  • Mounting brooches are manufactured in Australia and the United Kingdom.  

There are various places offering cheap ribbon or cheap replica medals however we do not use them. We only use the very best quality available and we regularly meet with our suppliers, two of which hold Royal Warrants.

We have a policy of not selling items to DIY medal mounters as they are imported at some substantial expense to us.

The recent significant drop in the exchange rate and increased cost of importing materials has effected us significantly. We are keeping our prices fixed for as long as possible.


Selling your medals?

In addition to the mounting and restoration of medals we are also able to buy your medals or to arrange their sale on your behalf. 

Medals can be a valuable asset and with many clients downsizing they often feel that the medals could be given a better home where they may be more appreciated or be able to be seen by a wider audience. 

We have supplied medals to the leading collectors and museums throughout NZ and the world. Where appropriate we will handle export certificates, clearances, transportation and overseas import duties. All sales comply with the Protected Objects Act. 

Contact us in confidence for more information and a free no obligation appraisal.


Blazer Badges and Neck Ties

We have recently purchased limited stock from the well known but now closed English Tie and Medal Company. They include a range of hand made bullion wire regimental blazer badges at $50 ea and various ties including the NZ Operational Service Medal tie priced at $20 ea.


Damage after wearing ?

As always, if we have previously mounted your medals and they suffer ANY damage on ANZAC Day, Remembrance Day, natural disasters etc -  no matter what the cause - please return them to us and we will repair them for free.

Industry Terminology Used:

  • Mounting - the process of preparing a medal for wearing by attaching a ribbon and pin to it
  • Swing mount - the medal hangs from a wearing pin
  • Court mount - the medal is wired to a rigid backing with a pin affixed
  • Frame - the medal is in a wall hung frame
  • Case - a box for the medals
  • Ribbon - the fabric the medal hangs from
  • Medal - circular or star shaped award usually to denote specific service 
  • Badge - an item worn without a ribbon ie: on a cap, and generally not an award.
  • Miniature - a 1/2 sized medal intended to be worn after 6pm but now accepted as a practical option for grandchildren, female wearers, and especially elderly recipients with large heavy medal groups.
  • Replica - a full sized copy of the actual medal.

Cases

Our very popular locally manufactured medal cases are back in stock. Due to a lack of producers in NZ literally every thing we use is made overseas so its good to be able to have a local supplier for our cases. They are priced at $45 ea and will hold a set of medals mounted in accordance with our regulations. On the subject of imported materials, we have suffered quite a bit with the recent significant drop in the exchange rate. We are endeavourng to keep our prices fixed for as long as possible.


Cleaning Cloths

We now stock Town Talk silver and gold cleaning cloths as for the past few years most supermarkets no longer stock impregnated silver cleaning cloths.  We sell them at $6 for a wallet size and $12 for a larger size. They are ideal for medal maintenance. Simply rub the medal with the cloth, no cleaning solution or liquid is needed.




Toye Kenning Spencer

We make a point of travelling to England every year or so to meet with various of our suppliers of ribbons, miniatures and replica medals. We have also watched some of our ribbons being woven at Toye Kenning Spencer, a firm of ribbon makers we use who have been in operation since 1685. Go to our facebook page to see a video of how it is woven. Some of the machines used are over 100 years old. Many of the craftsmen whose materials we use hold Royal Warrants so when you utilise our services you can be confident that we are using the best possible materials - many of which are not stocked by anyone else.  https://youtu.be/m5OfyAuR7jY. 











Replica Order of NZ Merit

We exclusively stock the full sized ONZM and MNZM Replica medals. These are ideal for wear to avoid damage to your original award. They are also a good way to give family members a medal or suitable for framing with the certificate. 

Just $50 ea mounted for wearing.







World War One Silver War Badge
GIven to soldiers who were no longer able to serve due to wounds etc suffered in service. These badges were worn to prevent them from receiving the white feather - a sign of cowardice. They are popular to wear with WW1 medals to denote the recipient was wounded or for framing.
                                   $25 ea



CANTERBURY EARTHQUAKE CITATIONS
These are in stock now. We suggest that if you need one get a few as we cannot be certain of further stock and we have priced these very sharply at $25 ea in both sizes.



REPLACEMENT NZDSM CASES


 
SOLD OUT
 
 


BRITISH BATTLES AND MEDALS

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. 
$95 inc delivery costs NZ wide. Was $155


  • 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 pride ourselves on our prompt completion time and quality of workmanship.
 
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.

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For sale by negotiation, the rare DSO, DFC and bar, AFC set to Wing Cdr Baigent. CO of 75 Squadron and the youngest Wing Cdr of WW2.  SOLD




--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------For sale by negotiation, a rare Military Cross group to a New Zealand officer for Vietnam