Putting my granda's medals into a frame some tips please

Discussion in 'General' started by Deacs, Oct 31, 2011.

  1. Deacs

    Deacs Well i am from Cumbria. Patron

    Hello everybody i have finally found a photo of granda Albert so i am now wanting to mount his medals along with a picture of Albert onto a frame so i have a couple of questions.

    1 Albert was in the Royal Engineers and was mainly in the 80 Assault Sqaudron during his time in the war, i would like to put under his photo his name service number and regiment do you think that would be ok or should i just put Royal Engineers.

    2 What type of background should i put all of this onto just normal card or is there like a special background.

    Regards Michael
     
  2. Oggie2620

    Oggie2620 Senior Member

    It should be what pleases you really...After all its for you to look at and use to remind you. I dont think for something so personal there is a formality. Ref the background are the medals already on a mount or just loose. Depends also on whether you want to be able to take the medal out or just leave it forever in the frame. Heres a website that you can use for ideas:
    Military Frames
    but there are others...
    Would love to see it when complete.
    Dee
     
  3. Mike L

    Mike L Very Senior Member

  4. Deacs

    Deacs Well i am from Cumbria. Patron

    Mike I am going to get it profesionaly done there is a good art shop who does some really good framing down in Whitehaven.
    Dee his medals are in a mount just need to give them a good sprucing up looking a bit tired so am going to my best to liven them up and once it is finished i will gladly post it.

    Cheers Michael.
     
  5. Mike L

    Mike L Very Senior Member

    Probably the best bet Michael, it is tricky cutting neat recesses for medals.
    As for how much printing you want to have done - rather a personal preference, but I would probably go for name, rank, number, Regiment or Corps.

    A frame that was made up for my Uncle to give an idea.
     

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  6. Deacs

    Deacs Well i am from Cumbria. Patron

    Cheers Mike you've given me a few ideas thanks.

    Regards Michael.
     
  7. Mike L

    Mike L Very Senior Member

    Oh, and don't forget Michael, new ribbons? Swing or Court mount? just joking.
    But don't forget to post a picture of the frame when received.
     
  8. ritsonvaljos

    ritsonvaljos Senior Member

    Hello everybody i have finally found a photo of granda Albert so i am now wanting to mount his medals along with a picture of Albert onto a frame so i have a couple of questions.

    1 Albert was in the Royal Engineers and was mainly in the 80 Assault Sqaudron during his time in the war, i would like to put under his photo his name service number and regiment do you think that would be ok or should i just put Royal Engineers.

    2 What type of background should i put all of this onto just normal card or is there like a special background.

    Regards Michael

    I take it you may not have been inside Egremont Royal British Legion? There are framed medal displays on the wall in the main function room. If you had a look in there you could see how these have been done.

    Th link below is to a post on the BBC "People's War" website showing one of these framed medal displays on the wall in Egremont RBL ("Egremont's most famous airman", Squadron Leader Jack Blair, DFC, DFM):
    BBC - WW2 People's War - Egremont Royal British Legion honours the town’s ‘most famous airman’

    The link below is to another framed photograph and citation in Egremont RBL for Captain Lionel Queripel, V.C. (the actual V.C. or a replica are not displayed in his case):
    BBC - WW2 People's War - Captain Lionel E. Queripel VC at Arnhem, September 1944
     
  9. Deacs

    Deacs Well i am from Cumbria. Patron

    It's been years since i have been in the British Legion but then again i haven't been to any pubs in Egremont for a long time.
     
  10. Mike L

    Mike L Very Senior Member

    At our Legion it's open house after the Remembrance Day Parade. If it's the same in Egremont it would be a great opportunity to take the family to the RBL to have a look at the displays.
    I hope you and the whole family will be attending the parade Michael, especially after seeing the great family effort on the trench model.
     
  11. gunbunnyB/3/75FA

    gunbunnyB/3/75FA Senior Member

    just make sure the framers DON'T cut any thing, i bought a german mounted set from wwI several years ago that was framed, i got it home and discovered that the framers had cut the mount pins to make it fit lower on the back.
     
  12. Mike L

    Mike L Very Senior Member

    Gunbunny, that's exactly what I meant about recessing the medals - don't want to cut the mounting pins, so have to allow several millimetres (sorry, we should work in metric now) so as not to cut the pins off.
    If you cut the mounting pins off you can't ever wear the 'set' and would have to buy replacements if you ever wanted to wear the medals (which Deacs (Michael) would be entitled to do, although worn on the RIGHT breast).
    Never the same family history though with replacements.
    Take great care of the originals.
     
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  13. gunbunnyB/3/75FA

    gunbunnyB/3/75FA Senior Member

    no prob. mike, i just wanted to stress the fact that cutting should never be allowed. eh, metric, i never really got them goofy numbers, until i had to do a 20 kilometer "nature walk" as a drill sargeant called it, lol
     
  14. Son of POW-Escaper

    Son of POW-Escaper Senior Member

    Here's one I had made about 10 years ago to present to my mother (with dad's kit).

    Marc
     

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  15. spconnolly007

    spconnolly007 The 'Shiny Seventh'

    Here are a couple of frames I made myself. I have only recently received my Grandfathers medals(he never claimed them)and the WW1 relative was made up from replacement medals/scroll. Sometimes putting everything into one frame can look a bit busy, maybe consider splitting it up as I have with Williams, although I wish I had included the 7th cap badge with medals! May have to make a bigger frame and re-do. Good luck, and dont forget to post results.
     

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  16. Deacs

    Deacs Well i am from Cumbria. Patron

    Wow loads of ideas now cheers folks.

    There will be no cutting of anything i can tell you i will string them up by their short and curlies if they did, it is going to be done the best it can be and i do like the recess idea of the medals will definately mention that to them.

    Cheers and Best wishes Michael.
     
  17. Deacs

    Deacs Well i am from Cumbria. Patron

    Have finally got Alberts medals mounted but i have had a go myself.

    I do hope you like what i have done.

    Michael.
     

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  18. Mike L

    Mike L Very Senior Member

    Nice Michael. Simple and elegant,
     
  19. ritsonvaljos

    ritsonvaljos Senior Member

    The end result looks really good. Having done it yourself it is also a fine personal tribute. Well done.
     
  20. son of a rat

    son of a rat Senior Member

    My first try I thought it was easy until I realised I had put them in the wrong order ?.
     

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