191 Main Street, Upper Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand sales@chaplows.co.nz
(0800) 423 726 / Freephone NZ only   Overseas callers  64(4) 528 8082 

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 Replica War Medals - New Zealand

We supply a range of both full size and miniature replica medals, buy online, Boer, War, WWI, WWII. (Korea, Malaya, Vietnam also available).
The medals we provide include British Commonwealth: Navy, Army and Air Force. Honours and Decorations, Long Service and NZ Defence Service Medal replicas.

When purchasing replica medals, you are buying the medal and a length of ribbon. Mounting for wear incurs an additional labour and consumable charge.
Due to the many combination options we do not quote mounting prices until the final medal configuration is known. This component is quoted separately.   

As NZDF accredited medal mounters, we deliver a full medal mounting service, either swing mount (freestyle) or court mounting styles and will make ribbon bars. 
Should you not find what you are looking for please contact us for assistance as some items are available, but have not yet been added to the website.

Block mounting

The item being block mounted is wet glued on the MDF block and placed into a vacuum press to remove all the air and thereby provide a perfectly flat mounted piece. The edge of the MDF is finished in black.To finish off the block is then sprayed with a matte finish clear coat lacquer to provide abrasion resistance. This does not provide protection from UV or fading, but does provide very minor abrasion resistance.

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What is conservation framing?  

Also referred to as Archival framing is used for long term preservation for items such as original art, family heirlooms, family photographs and all types of memorabilia. A key requirement of conservation framing is that the item being framed must not be cut or trimmed nor permanently mounted (glued) to the backing board. Archival (museum) quality materials such as matboards (mounts) are acid free  Nothing lasts forever and any accelerated deterioration of your valued and sentimental pieces can be considerably slowed by using conservation framing methods and materials,using a UV protective glass. We offer bespoke conservation framing, using only the highest quality acid free materials, matboards (mounts) and Tru Guard™ Conservation Series® and Museum Glass®.  

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Picture Hanging Environment

An object of art or photographs are framed to offer both protection from the immediate surrounding environment and to provide the owner with the satisfaction of admiring it once it is hung to obtain the best display advantage.

The local lighting environment of which UV (ultra violet rays) make up a proportion of the light spectrum, can damage artwork and digital prints by fading, drying, cracking dyes, paints, inks. Traditional wet type chemically processed photographs processed in a lab will also suffer the same fate, as they breakdown. With New Zealand having a harsh UV exposure environment, we need to be more aware of looking after our treasures and memories. Protection avoids loss and expensive labour intensive restoration processes in the future. Often we hear, I don’t need UV protection as I am hanging my art in a hallway or not near a window area. What folks do not realise is the UV rays are present in the light spectrum and are present wherever there is light. Also artifical lighting such as provided by display lighting halogen or LED spots, also does not help.  

Also its not only about light; humidity and temperature fluctuations are also very harmful. Moisture combined with dust particles can cause mold, which in turn can lead to discolouration, staining or foxing.

Never hang your frames or artworks near a direct heat source such as a heat pump, fireplace or gas heater. The picture glass will heat much like a glass house and can create permanent damage through cockling. This is where the artwork or photograph paper expands as it is heated and shrinks when it cools, resulting in ripples and waviness which causes irreversible damage. We have endeavoured not to blind you with science by getting into too much technical detail and a custom framer can advise you further.  

So what is non conservation framing? 

General everyday framing materials and techniques are used for items of low commercial or non sentimental value, for example open edition prints, posters and digital photographs. Lower cost materials are used. The standard of non conservation framing being offered and applied by custom picture framers should not be confused with the cheap ready made products sold by the big box retailers, where price and volume sales are king and quality of little importance.




Glass Choices for picture framing

The first thing to appreciate and understand is that glass is no longer manufactured in New Zealand, this being the case now for many years.
Consequently all glass no matter what type is imported.

Selecting the appropriate glass for framing your artwork or photographs is one of the most important decisions to be made.
Glass acts as a barrier against dust, moisture, insects and other environmental pollulants. 


Canvas Photo Printing

We use a wide format printer that is capable of printing photos and other images on canvas up to a size of 1600mm (1.6 metres) in width and up to 25metres in length. The canvas we use is a high quality cotton polyester blended product made in Belgium specifically for this purpose.

High quality premium pigmented vibrant (fully solvent inks) that are UV resistant are used. Dye based inks, which are a cheaper alternative are used by some providers who print on vinyl. The main difference with using pigmented inks is that they penetrate the weave of the canvas polyester canvas and are durable and long lasting, whereas dye based inks used on vinyl are float printed on the surface area. Should the surface area get wet or be wiped with a damp cloth the colour will run as the inks are not colour fast.

To enhance the quality of the canvas print and provide both abrasion resistance and UV protection, we overcoat the image with a clear UV protective coating prior to stretching or framing.

Restretching of Canvas 

If you have come back from an overseas holiday and have canvas or linen that you purchased overseas that needs putting back on to a canvas stretcher frame please come and see us. We have the equipment and options to meet your every need and will reinstate your canvas, offering a museum or gallery wrap finish depending on the canvas presented.  

Steps to Produce a Photo or Image on Canvas

To produce a photo or image printed on canvas you may send it to us via drop box or send it in by courier. Alternatively you are most welcome to visit our premises for a personal consultation. Please be aware that we do not copy or print images that are subject to copyright © by the original owner, unless we receive written permission or a written indemnity from the owner of the work.


High resolution scanning up to A4 size is included in our published prices. Sizes greater than A4 will incur an additional charge which would be advised prior to undertaking the work for you.

Media Formats

Negatives, (including slides), photographs, USB Flash Drives, CD or DVD. Alternatively you may email us or use Drop Box® . A request should you choose to use this option; please do not compress the images files.

Restoration and Retouching 

Using Adobe Photoshop, we can restore your photographs or images by cleaning them up for a prescribed fee, advised before we undertake your work. 


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We do not just Frame Medals, we create memories Framing By Design

Our dedicated and specialised long term experience with detailed high quality finishing speaks for itself. It has been our privilege to have created many, many hundreds of medal frames for families, collectors and institutions both in New Zealand and Australia. Some of our work has even gone further afield to the United Kingdom, Hong Kong and Singapore. Each family heirloom that we create is bespoke and individually handcrafted by us to preserve the past for future family generations. We Will Remember Them.    

Artiteq Hanging Systems, Buy online New Zealand wide delivery

Since 2007 we have sold Artiteq Hanging Systems to display your Art, Pictures, Products, or Photos. Buy online and shipped New Zealand wide. Help Desk Service available to provide advice and guide you. An installation service: Wellington - Palmerston North, Hutt Valley - Wairarapa areas, (including hanging your art) is available for what we sell.   

Checkout our full  Artiteq Price List Catalogue here

Needlework and Textiles

Leading specialist in the custom framing of all needlework also known as needleart  including: Cross Stitch, Long Stitch, Tapestry, Embroidery, Lace, Hardanger, Silk and Textiles. We invite you to visit us today for a personal consultation with our stitcher and framer instore.  


Military Medal Mounting, Replica Medals, Restoration and Medal Framing 

We have collected military medals for over 40 years and specialise in offering a range of services including: cleaning, repairing original medals, supplying duplicate (genuine) medals, replica medals, replacing ribbons, cleaning and restoring insignia. It is a privilege to receive work from all over New Zealand (from Kaitaia to Invercargill) and everywhere in between including Waiheke Island, Chatham Islands and regularly from Australia. For peace of mind we invite you to deal with Chaplows, New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) accredited and contracted medal mounters who operate to a national standard from commercial premises.

Medal mounting products and services have been exported by us to: Australia - Canada - Hong Kong - Singapore - United Kingdom - United States

Shop Hours

Sat. 11 Jan.  10.00am - 1.00pm
Sun. 12 Dec.      CLOSED
Mon. 13 Jan.  9.30am - 4.00pm
Tues. 14 Jan. 9.00am - 4.00pm
Wed. 15 Jan. 9.00am - 4.00pm
Thurs.16 Jan. 9.00am - 3.00pm
Frid. 17 Jan. 9.00am - 4.00pm 
Sat. 18 Jan. 10.00am - 1.00pm

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