Rhodesian Services Association Incorporated
 

MEDALS, RIBBONS, DEVICES & ACCESSORIES

The copy medals that we stock are of the highest quality. Where applicable our medals are hallmarked Sterling Silver. They are made in New Zealand by a craftsman who only produces quality items in small quantities. You may find other copied Rhodesian medals on offer around the world, in particular the RGSM, but none will come near ours for quality. In addition, when you purchase from us the money is being put to preservation of Rhodesian history - not someone's personal account.

Important information:
Please be aware that wearing medals or devices to which you are not entitled (excluding medals worn on the right breast in memorial) is an offense that can be punished with fines or imprisonment.  In Australia you can be charged under Section 80 B of the Defence Act. In New Zealand, the Military Decorations and Distinctive Badges Act states that you can be fined or imprisoned and that the onus is on the defendant who must prove eligibility or entitlement. In England the Army Act 1955 section
197 states:
"Unauthorised use of and dealing in decorations, etc.- (1) Any person who, in the United Kingdom or in any colony,- (a)without authority uses or wears any military decoration, or any badge, wound stripe or emblem supplied or authorised by the Defence Council, or (b)uses or wears any decoration, badge, wound stripe, or emblem so nearly resembling any military decoration, or any such badge, stripe or emblem as aforesaid, as to be calculated to deceive, or (c)falsely represents himself to be a person who is or has been entitled to use or wear any such decoration, badge, stripe or emblem as is mentioned in paragraph (a) of this subsection, shall be guilty of an offence against this section."

Please do not apply to us for a replacement medal if you are not entitled to it. We are happy to check records for you, but if our search does not find your name and you cannot provide proof, then we will not supply.

We also do not stock, supply or support Commemorative or Vanity Medals. These are defined as medals created and manufactured without Crown or Government sanction and are self awarded.

 

PLEASE NOTE that we can have your medals professionally mounted ready to wear.

When ordering we will need to know what style Court or Swing mount.

Court Mounting: The ribbon is attached to a board cut to be slightly smaller than the outside profile of the medals (you cannot see it) and a brooch bar is attached to the back of that board, the medals are hung from the ribbon and secured to the board. Examples:

Swing Mounting: The medals are hung from a brooch bar suspended by their ribbon. Swing mounting is generally found to be the Rhodesian soldier's most favored style. The pictures below are examples of swing mounting but are not the work of the person doing the mounting for us - his finished product is far better:

    

 

Full size copy Meritorious Conduct Medal

Awarded for brave and gallant conduct; this decoration was awarded to both civillians and members of the Security Forces in a non-combatant capacity.

Please Note: We will only sell this medal to people who were awarded the medal. When you apply to buy we will check the Gazetted records and if you are not there you will be asked to provide proof of the award.

Cast from bronze and handfinished. 100% New Zealand made.

Medal price - $70
Ribbon price - $10
To engrave with regimental number, rank, initials, surname add $12.50.
Plus postage

Full size copy Rhodesia General Service Medal 

Initiated in 1969 and Awarded for service on operations undertaken for the purpose of combating terrorists or enemy incursions into Rhodesia.

   

Cast from solid Sterling Silver or silver plated bronze and hand finished. 100% New Zealand made.

Medal price - Solid silver medal $125; silver plated bronze medal $75
Ribbon price - $10
To engraved with regimental number, rank, initials, surname add $12.50.
Plus postage

Full size copy Police Long Service medal

Awarded for long and exemplary service; awarded after 18 years; clasps for 25 and 30 years.

Please Note: We will only sell this medal to people who were awarded the medal. When you apply to buy we will check the Gazetted records and if you are not there you will be asked to provide proof of the award.

  

Cast from solid Sterling Silver and hand finished. 100% New Zealand made.

Medal price - Solid silver medal $130
Ribbon price - $30*
Plus postage and to engraved with force number, rank, initials, surname add $12.50.

Note: * This ribbon is very scarce and price may vary with out notice dependent upon supply and the price we have to pay for the ribbon.

Full size copy Police Reserve Long Service medal

Awarded for long and exemplary service; awarded after 18 years; clasps for 25 and 30 years.

Please Note: We will only sell this medal to people who were awarded the medal. When you apply to buy we will check the Gazetted records and if you are not there you will be asked to provide proof of the award.

  

Cast from solid Sterling Silver and hand finished. 100% New Zealand made.

Medal price - Solid silver medal $130
Ribbon price - $10
To engraved with force number, rank, initials, surname add $12.50.
Plus postage

Full size copy Rhodesian Medal for Territorial or Reserve Service.

Awarded for long service in the Territorial, Volunteer and Reserve forces; awarded after 12 years unbroken service; clasps for 18 and 24 years.

Please Note: We will only sell this medal to people who were awarded the medal. When you apply to buy we will check the Gazetted records and if you are not there you will be asked to provide proof of the award.

 

Cast from solid Sterling Silver with the lion and crosses plated with 18ct. gold and hand finished. 100% New Zealand made.

Medal price - Solid silver medal $140
Ribbon price - $10
Plus postage and to engraved with regimental number, rank, initials, surname add $12.50.

NOTE - we have this medal ribbon in bulk at $10 per standard length (F/S - 15cm and Miniature 12cm)

Full size copy Zimbabwe Independence Medal

   

Cast from bronze and handfinished. 100% New Zealand made.

Medal price - $70
Ribbon price - $10
To engrave with regimental number, rank, initials, surname add $12.50.
Plus postage

Full size copy Southern Rhodesia Service Medal (sometimes incorrectly referred to as the Southern Rhodesia War Service Medal)

Awarded to those who served in Southern Rhodesia during the Second World War but who were ineligible for any of the campaign stars or war medals.

This is one of the scarcest WWII medals with only 3,908 being awarded.  This is the first known copy ever made available for sale to the public.  It is cast from solid silver and is 100% New Zealand made.  Original medals sell for US$600 upwards. Collectors are most welcome to purchase.

  

Cast from solid Sterling Silver and hand finished. 100% New Zealand made.

Medal price - Solid silver medal $150
Ribbon price - $15
Plus postage

Miniature Rhodesia General Service Medal

Made from silver and handfinished - New Zealand made.

Medal price - $40
Ribbon price - $10
Plus postage

Miniature Meritorious Conduct Medal

Cast from bronze and handfinished. 100% New Zealand made.

Medal price - $30
Ribbon price - $10
Plus postage

Miniature Zimbabwe Independence Medal

  

Cast from bronze and handfinished. 100% New Zealand made.

Medal price - $30
Ribbon price - $10
Plus postage

Miniature South African Police Medal for Combating Terrorism

  

Cast from solid Sterling Silver and hand finished. 100% New Zealand made.

Medal price - $40
Ribbon price - $10  *Please note that we have full size ribbon for this medal in stock and we expect that we will have New Zealand made F/S medals available soon
Plus postage

Medal Ribbon Devices

                     

Images above are not to scale. All these devices have been copied to a high degree of accuracy off originals.

Military Forces Commendation Operational (silver pick) and Non Operational (bronze pick); BSAP - The Commissioner's Special Commendation for Bravery (silver baton) and The Commissioner's Commendation for Bravery (bronze baton), Intaf Oliphant (jewellery quality gold plate), rosettes and clasps (solid silver) for medals all available. All made in New Zealand to high quality.

$30 each plus postage.

Medal Ribbon Bars (RGSM and ZIM and RGSM only stocked in UK   )

Ribbon bars as worn on serving soldier's uniform. These should not be worn in place of your medals on parade day. They are generally used for display and also find favour with veteran motor cycle group members for display on their riding jackets.

$15 each plus postage for RGSM or RGSM and ZIM

We can make up bars with other ribbon combinations - inquiries welcome

Price on application

Brooch Bars

We stock a full range of brooch bars in all sizes (1 - 6 medal spaces) for mounting Full Size and Miniature medals. Safety pin fixing on back.

$10 each plus postage

 

Additional stocks of Rhodesian Medals and Ribbons

We have limited stocks of many Rhodesian issued medal ribbons as well as some medals in full size and miniature. Please ask as not all may be listed below.

The ribbons are extremely scarce now. If the ribbon is in short supply or very scarce we will only sell to the person to who the medal was issued or if deceased, the immediate family. Please contact me with your request.

Our stock includes:

  • Bronze Cross - Army, Air Force and Guard Force      NOTE - we have bulk Bronze Cross - Army ribbon full size at $10 per 15cm - see below
  • Conspicuous Gallantry Decoration
  • Defence Force Cross for Distinguished Service
  • District Service Medal
  • Exemplary Service Medal
  • Fire Brigade Long Service Good Conduct
  • Grand Cross of Valour
  • Independence Decoration
  • Legion of Merit (Civil and Military)   
  • Meritorious Service Medal (Civil and Military)  
  • Meritorious Conduct Medal NOTE - we have bulk stocks of this in miniature at $10 per 12cm - see below
  • Police Cross for Conspicuous Gallantry
  • Police Cross for Distinguished Service
  • Police Decoration for Gallantry
  • Police Long Service Medal
  • Police Meritorious Service Medal
  • Police Reserve Long Service Medal NOTE - we have bulk stocks of this in full size at $10 per 15cm - see below
  • President's Medal for Shooting
  • Presidents Medal for Chiefs & Headmen
  • Prison Cross for Distinguished Service
  • Prison Cross for Gallantry
  • Prison Medal for Long Service
  • Prison Meritorious Service Medal
  • Prison Service Medal
  • Rhodesian Badge of Honour
  • Silver Cross
  • Territorial or Reserve Service Medal  NOTE - we have bulk stocks of this in full size and miniature at $10 per 15cm/12cm - see below

Pictured below - Medal ribbons stocked in bulk L-R: RGSM f/s and mini; Territorial or Reserve Service f/s and mini; Bronze Cross of Rhodesia f/s and mini; Zimbabwe Independence Medal f/s and mini; Police Reserve Long Service f/s; Meritorious Conduct Medal mini all at $10 per standard length plus postage

South Africa Medal Ribbons

We hold stock of the following ribbons:

  • De Wet Medal - Full Size only
  • John Chard Decoration/Medal - Full Size only
  • Pro Patria Medal ribbon - Full Size & Miniature 
  • South African Defence Force Silver Medal (20 years in Citizen Force) - Full Size only
  • South African Defence Force Silver Medal (20 years in Permanent Force) - Full Size only
  • South African Police Medal For Combating Terrorism - Full Size & Miniature 
  • UNITAS medal - Full Size only

Other medals and ribbons

We can source copies of many British and Commonwealth medals as well as ribbons that would be required for Rhodesian groups ie: Malaya, WWII, WWI, Boer War.

We hold the following ribbons in stock:
Africa Service Medal ribbon 

Special Constabulary Long Service Medal (full size only)

Pocket Insert Medal Holder - the medals are pinned through the loops at the top and then slid into the breast pocket eliminating the need to shove thick broach pins through the jacket and damaging the material.  Size overall 130mm x 86mm.

It should work for all 2 or more medal groups. For single medals a small modification may be required depending on the length of the brooch pin.

Price $15 plus postage