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Makers and Suppliers of Brass Plaques and Stainless Steel Plaques
Brushed Gold Engraved Signs.
An example of a brushed gold coloured engraved sign mounted onto a timber base.
An example of a stainless steel plaque.
2012 is a special year for lots of reasons.
The Olympic Games being held in July is one of them but even more relevant to most people is Queen Elizabeth II`s Diamond Jubilee.
On the 2nd June 1953 Princess Elizabeth was crowned Queen. This year is the 60th since her accession. All round the country celebrations and parties are being held to commemorate this very special year.
There are many schools, colleges, councils who are all celebrating the same anniversary as our Queen. Many others also want to mark this date as a special one for them. One of the best ways to do this is with a commemorative plaque in either brass or stainless steel. Specially planted gardens or newly planted trees with descriptive plaques celebrating the date. Plaques that are displayed alongside an original “Opened by” plaque on a building.
The new special Queens Diamond Jubilee logo can be incorporated if required although due to its complexity it is best reproduced in black and white.
(taken from the official Diamond Jubilee website)
Having a commemorative plaque is a wonderful way to mark a place in time. Plaques last many many years so will ultimately become a piece of history as future generations will be able to see how their ancestors celebrated or commemorated a special date.
Extract taken from the Official Diamond Jubilee website
As at 1 January 2012:
1. The Queen is the second longest serving monarch. Only five other kings and queens in British history have reigned for 50 years or more. They are:
• Victoria (63 years)
• George III (59 years)
• Henry III (56 years)
• Edward III (50 years)
• James VI of Scotland (James I of England) (58 years)
2. The Queen is the fortieth monarch since William the Conqueror obtained the crown of England.
3. Since 1952 The Queen has given Royal Assent to more than 3,500 Acts of Parliament.
4. Over the reign, Her Majesty has given regular audiences to 12 Prime Ministers. They are:
• Winston Churchill 1951-55
• Sir Anthony Eden 1955-57
• Harold Macmillan 1957-63
• Sir Alec Douglas-Home 1963-64
• Harold Wilson 1964-70 and 1974-76
• Edward Heath 1970-74
• James Callaghan 1976-79
• Margaret Thatcher 1979-90
• John Major 1990-97
• Tony Blair 1997-2007
• Gordon Brown 2007-2010
• David Cameron 2010 – present
5. Tony Blair was the first Prime Minister to have been born during The Queen’s reign. He was born in early May, 1953 – a month before the Coronation.
6. The Queen has attended every opening of Parliament except those in 1959 and 1963, when she was expecting Prince Andrew and Prince Edward respectively.
7. There have been six Archbishops of Canterbury during The Queen’s reign (Archbishops Geoffrey Fisher, Michael Ramsey, Donald Coggan, Robert Runcie, George Carey and Rowan Williams).
8. There have been six Roman Catholic Popes during The Queen’s reign (Pius XII, John XXIII, Paul VI, John Paul I, John Paul II, Benedict XVI).
9. The Queen has received two Popes on visits to the UK (Pope John Paul II in 1982 and Pope Benedict XVI in 2010). Pope John Paul II’s visit in 1982 was the first Papal visit to the United Kingdom for over 450 years. Her Majesty has officially visited the Vatican three times in her reign – in 1961 visiting Pope John XXIII and in 1980 and 2000 visiting Pope John Paul II.
10. The Queen is currently patron of over 600 charities and organisations, over 400 of which she has held since 1952.
Stainless steel plaque -dedication plaque.
297mm x 210mm. 1.5mm thick, brushed stainless steel with engraved lettering, black text in an Albertus font.
Hardwood timber base, dark oak stained and varnish. Brass screw fixings with brushed metal caps.
Stainless Steel Plaque on hardwood timber base. A4 size (297mm x 210mm).
BRASS PLAQUES. BRASS ENGRAVED PLAQUES. BRASS ETCHED PLAQUES
Brass engraved or brass etched plaques are a prestigious and classic way to celebrate or commemorate an event. Whether it is an opening ceremony, a naming of a building or office or historical house you cannot go wrong with a traditional engraved brass plaque. Brass plaques are also popular for use as memorial plaques and as memorial bench plaques.
Accountants offices, Dentist surgeries, Doctors surgeries, Solicitors, Architects in fact all types of professional bodies use brass engraved plaques to either advertise the presence of their offices or show their professional qualifications. Business plaques which show the registered office address.
Brass plaques are used in hotels to name the different suites or room areas – also on the doors to indicate either the managers /staff rooms. Public houses where the licensee has to be shown above the doorway.
In fact wherever a classic, traditional and high class look is required an engraved brass plaque does the job.
Brass plaques are all made to order and to the size required. Brass engraved plaques can be supplied cut to an oval shape if required as well as the traditional rectangle/square however this can limit the layout of the text.
Brass plaques are traditionally ink filled in black however when a company logo is required a colour fill can be used however this has to balanced against the colour of the brass. (Not all colours show up well on a brass plaque).
Nearly any font can be used on a brass engraved plaque although when a large amount of text is required it is generally better to use a standard Arial or Helvetica font for legibility.
Where a logo or very small text is required the brass plaque will be chemically etched. This process enables very fine detail to be achieved. This process is also used for crests, coats of arms, school branding or industry body logos.
Brass is characterised by its versatile properties which are modified by changing the ratios of copper and zinc and with the addition of other elements such as tin and aluminium. For high quality plaques specific engraving brass CZ120 is used. (59% Cu + 39% Zn + 2% PB) with a small amount of lead.