Medal Mounting

Medal Mounting-

Ivan Greenham Medal Department

Since 1969, the Ivan Greenham Medal Department has served veterans from countless cities across all of Canada as well as many American & British Veterans from abroad.

For decades, Ivan Greenham Medal Dept. has been recognized as one of Canada’s “Top Medal Mounting Firms”. We offer a number of medal mounting services, so it’s very likely that we can satisfy whatever need you have. By supplying full-size replacement medals as well as providing plating/mounting and custom framing services for their existing medals, war veterans can be confident that their cherished memorabilia will be displayed with pride.

We also have a great number of miniature medals in stock. Many veterans themselves have a set of miniatures made up, as the large medals can be heavy and cumbersome. Sets of miniatures have proven to be fantastic gifts for sons and daughters, grandsons, and granddaughters. After all, there is really only one original set. If you have many family members that would like a set, miniature medals and/or full-size copies are an ideal solution.

We also mount Royal Canadian Legion medals, Korean Veteran Association (KVA) medals, Royal Canadian Naval Association (RCNA) medals, RCMP, Police, EMS and Fire Service medals. From time to time we will have replacement medals of these as well.

At Ivan Greenham Medal Dept., we take great pride in all of our work! Let us be your medal mounter of choice, as thousands before you have already done.

Below is an example of pricing:

SPECIAL MOUNT:
half-board, medals swing

SWING MOUNT:
medals swing

COURT MOUNT:
full-board, medals tied down

Special Mount - Militaria Medal Mounting Forest City Coins
Special Mount
Court Mount
Court Mount
Swing Mount - Militaria Medal Mounting - Forest City Coins
Swing Mount

Price List

Court Mount/
Special Mount 
No cleaning required
Medals Cleaned
Medals Plated
Supply Mounting Brooch
Mount with Push-Pins
Bars or Clasps
$15/medal $25/medal $35/medal $10 (1-2 medals) $5 $10 if we supply
$15 (for 3 or more medals) $12 nickle plated
$15 gold plated
Swing Mount 
No cleaning required
Medals Cleaned
Medals Plated
Supply Mounting Brooch
Mount with Push-Pins
Bars or Clasps
$10/medal $20/medal $30/medal $10 (1-2 medals) N/A $10 if we supply
$15 (for 3 or more medals) $12 nickle plated
$15 gold plated
Ribbon Bar (up to 5 ribbons per ribbon bar)
Ribbons
Push-Pins or brooch-style
Maple leaf/Rosette/Numeral
$5/ribbon $5 $5 each
Miniatures
-contact us with a list of the medals needed-
General
Swing mount- $75 for set of 4  (Court mount $95)
Swing mount- $90 for set of 5  (Court mount $115)
Swing mount- $105 for set of 6  (Court mount $135)

Frames (quantities limited)

6×9
10×12
12×18
Nameplate
$90 $100 (most popular size) $125 $30 per nameplate
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Plastic Medal Holder   $12.95 CAD (blazer-saver)

This great invention allows you to wear your medals without having to put holes in your blazer. The plastic holder slides in your pocket and the medals are pinned through the top of the plastic.  It gives the impression that your medals are pinned on, and will give more years to the life of your jacket.

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Blast from the Past!

Below is an article from the London Free Press from 1971, about Ivan Greenham mounting medals.

Meticulous veteran cleans up on medals

by Paul Sallaway of The London Free Press, April 28 1971.

During his 25 years in the army, Ivan L. Greenham took particular care to keep the medals he earned in mint-like condition.

While that personal habit may not have earned him a mint since his retirement in 1963, it has helped to provide him a comfortable living.

Officially, the former regimental sergeant-major is known as the “medal manager” at Forest City Coins and Stamps, is almost fully occupied with mounting and remounting service medals from all across Canada.

Medals sent to him tarnished and pitted, their ribbons faded or frayed, are restored to a state that will make their owner proud to wear them at military ceremonies or on Remembrance Day.

His relatively rare occupation has brought in orders from the United States and even from Brisbane, Australia.

Brass medals are electroplated with gold, silver medals with nickel and rhodium to prevent further tarnishing. New ribbons – and special care is taken to make certain the proper ribbon is matched with proper medal – are imported from Britain.

While many veterans ask that their medals be mounted in glass cases for wall or mantel adornment, the majority want “swing” or “court” mountings for uniforms or suit coats.

A swing mounting permits the medals to sway as the wears walks or marches. A court mounting, far more popular, holds the medals in place so they cannot chip each other.

Mr. Greenham also works with miniature replicas. With miniatures he can place eight on a chest bar. On the average the complete mounting will take about a month.

His largest work has 130 medals refurbished for the department of national defense and now on display at London’s Wolseley Barracks.

Though there are much larger operations in such centres as Toronto and Montreal, his reputation for quality work has brought him many orders from just such communities.

Now 65. Mr. Greenham works with his son Keith, owner of the store, but Keith leaves most of the medal work for his father.

The medal business blossomed through word of mouth, beginning two years after he returned to civilian life.

“The fellows I was in the service with knew I always took good care of my own medals so they started sending me theirs and it just spread from there,” he states.

His medal mountings range from Boar War awards to a Distinguished Flying Cross Won by an air force veteran in British Columbia.

Perhaps another thing which adds to his popularity is an extra service he provides.

“Sometimes fellows will write in and say they know they have earned some medals but they don’t know just what. If they just give us their regimental number we write away and get them for them. “

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Below is an article written by and printed in the Legion Magazine on November 18, 2014.

Mounting Medals Properly

 

Once a person has received more than one medal from the military or the government of Canada, there is a need to have them properly mounted for wearing.

There are two ways of mounting medals—swing mounting or court mounting.

“After the First World War, almost all mounting was swing mounting,” said Andrew Greenham of the Ivan Greenham Medals Department of Forest City Coins and Stamps Ltd. in London, Ont. “You saw some court mounting after the Second World War, but it was after the Korea War when the government thought that court mounting was the way to do it.”

Swing mounting is when a medal is suspended by its ribbon from a brooch pin. Several medals can be attached to a long brooch pin. The medals tend to swing when the person wearing the medals is walking. Damage can sometimes be done to the medals as they contact each other while they are swinging.

Court mounting is when the ribbon is stretched over a stiff mounting board with a medal bar brooch at the top. The medals are tied down and do not move when the person walks.

For military and government medals, no more than five medals should be worn side by side without overlapping. Where six or more medals are worn, the medal at the left of the bar should be placed first and the remainder of the ribbons placed so that they overlap equally the medal on the right. The senior medal remains in full view.

The order of precedence can be found on the Governor General’s website at www.gg.ca/document.aspx?id=14979&lan=eng.

The length of the ribbon varies because of the difference in the height of the individual stars, medals and decorations. The overall length measured from the top of the ribbon to the bottom edge of the medals should be four inches. The bottom edge of all medals should form a straight line. Clasps on campaign star ribbons are to be worn one half inch above the right for the star. The Dieppe Bar for the Hong Kong bar should be worn on the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal above the overseas clasp on the ribbon.

Another decision the bearer has to make is whether or not to have the medals plated. The gold medals are plated with bronze and silver medals are plated with nickel since silver will tarnish. “If the owner has any intention in selling the medal, we tell them that having the medal plated will lower the price. However, most say they will never sell their medals,” said Greenham.

“Most of the medals we get are from the veterans themselves,” said Greenham. “Of course, there are no more First World War veterans and the Second World War veterans are fewer and fewer.”

Forest City Coins was started by Andrew’s father Keith Greenham.  Andrew’s grandfather, Ivan Greenham, established the medals department after his career with the Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.

– See more at: https://legionmagazine.com/en/2014/11/mounting-medals-properly/#sthash.XNUhXn1r.dpuf