The Sunshine Coast is the place to visit if you have medals that are shut away in an old tin or box that never sees the light of day. Keeping precious memories in an old tin not only hides them away, but can contribute to their deterioration. The various metals can react with one another and the ribbons can also become more fragile.
So, dig them out and bring them into Caloundra Framing and let us discuss your medal mounting options. Imagine having these keepsakes and mementos of lives past, beautifully mounted and on display for you and your children or grandchildren to admire instead of forgotten about in a dusty cupboard.
The variety of ways medals can be displayed is almost endless, and many other items can be included alongside the medals themselves.
The Sunshine Coast Medal Mounter and professional framer at Caloundra Framing, Samuel Budd has 15 years of experience in the presentation and display of military and other memorabilia, and he is happy to discuss your medal mounting options with you.
Medal Mounting is the term used to describe the way medals are attached to a device which enables them to be worn on a suitable garment, such as a uniform or jacket.
The most common device is a metal pin, called a mounting bar or gang. These are made to a length to suit the number of medals that will be attached to it. (e.g. – the more medals that will be mounted to it, the longer the bar will be.)
Although there is no maximum number of medals that can be mounted onto a mounting bar, the maximum length a bar can be is 160mm or 5 medal ribbon widths long. If more than 5 medals are to be attached, then they must be evenly overlapped. Below is a selection of both full size & miniature mounting bars.
Swing mounting medals, as the name suggests, means that only the top of the ribbons are attached to a mounting bar and the medals literally “swing” from their ribbons. By far the most common way of mounting due to the lower cost, the swing mountings main disadvantage is that the medals can strike one another when walking or marching and small scratches and dents can appear on the medal surfaces. Swing mounting is best suited to medals that are infrequently worn.
Court mounting medals means that they are mounted together in a firm, fixed group and do not contact each other when marching or walking. Both the ribbons and the medals are fixed to a rigid backing which ensures they stay in place. Court mounting is especially beneficial when medals are worn regularly.
All medal mounting and framing is carried out by experienced and qualified staff, so you can be sure your medals will be treated with the care and respect they deserve.