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Searching For Brass plaque

Discussion in 'Picture Framing Business Issues' started by NYJim, Jul 16, 2012.

  1. NYJim

    NYJim CGF, Certified Grumble Framer

    Please help.

    I used to have a vendor in TX who were doing plaques like on the picture for me for many years. Now guess what ... that vendor out of business.
    Do you know where I can order brass plaque like on the picture?
    It's 3 1/2 by 5/8

    Thank you very much
     

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  2. shayla

    shayla WOW Framer

    You'll probably get responses from people who are closer, but
    I've always been happy with Mountain Enterprises in Montana.
    1-800-600-2101. Jan does very good work.
     
  3. Jeff Rodier

    Jeff Rodier SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    Check with trophy shops in your area. Some want the business and others don't.
     
  4. Less

    Less SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

  5. Dave

    Dave SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    I'm going to guess that you worked with Signs by Gwynn who I worked with for probably 40 or 50 years. Nice people...familly business. Sorry that they are gone and am keeping their family in my prayers.

    Like Jeff said, check with local trophy shops.

    Also, anyone who does any business with brass nameplates should do themselves a favor and connect with Sally at The Gold Leaf. A brass plate like you describe may sell for $ 15.00 ~ 20.00. A beautiful gilded plate will sell for 8 to 10X times that. I have samples of both on my wall near my moulding samples and I actually sell more genuine gold leaf plates than I do brass plates. The difference is quite striking.

    I just placed an order for a customer last week for five gold leaf plates... order total $ 675.00.
     
  6. Rick Granick

    Rick Granick SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    Did you start working with them when you were 8 years old?
    :p Rick
     
  7. Dave

    Dave SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    Rick... I'm 57, not 58. :D

    My family worked with them as far back as I remember and I did the books when I was 15 and remember sending checks to them back then so... yeah!

    :p



    :eek:
     
  8. Less

    Less SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    do they have wholesale pricing?
     
  9. Dave

    Dave SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    No. I just charge accordingly.
     
  10. NYJim

    NYJim CGF, Certified Grumble Framer

    Yes you are right I worked with Signs by Gwynn all the time. Then I have tried all trophy shops around but slow and unreliable. I will check check your Gold leaf advice. Thank you very much
     
  11. Dave

    Dave SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    For brass plates, I have worked some with Sign Design Custom Products, Inc. since Signs by Gwynn shuttered their doors.

    1-800-274-9161

    www.signdesigns.org

    I don't know the particulars and there could well be other factors, but I believe Signs by Gwynn possibly closed because they charged too little for their quality and level of service. Something to think about...
     
  12. Hazany

    Hazany CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2

    I have used Sign Design Custom Products for many years. The owner recently sold the business to his employee.
    Now you can't expect quick turnaround or even a simple response from this new owner. I have kept customers waiting way too long and need to find another source.

    Be aware!
    Bruce
     
  13. Philliam Phulgor

    Philliam Phulgor CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2

    I'm sure there are many, many much closer to you but these great folks here in Seattle do hundreds of engraved plates for us every year.

    http://www.athleticawards.com/

    Contact Dave Mercer
     
  14. framah

    framah PFG, Picture Framing God

    So... are you looking for someone who makes a plaque with the copy not even centered on the plate??

    That is one sloppy mess of copy on that plaque. Who in their right mind would NOT center the names under the rest of the copy?

    I have used Sign Design for what seems like forever and have never had a problem. I have even had them call me with suggestions for making it better than what I asked for... and it was better.
     
  15. Framar

    Framar SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    I thought it was off center too until I realized the last name had been 'shopped out for privacy.

    I use a local trophy shop - they have a variety of offerings and I can email them text and specs or stop by their shop. And then I can pick up finished plates or they will mail them to me.

    I would think every city or even larger towns would have engraving services - since thrift shops are always full of bowling and basketball trophies.
     
  16. neilframer

    neilframer PFG, Picture Framing God

    We use this company...http://www.hjtrophy.com
    I've been using them for about 15 years and we use them a lot.
    Great people to work with, excellent design help.
    They have all 5 star reviews and the bonus for us is that they are about 4 blocks from our shop.;)
    I can pick up the finished plates when I go to lunch.

    I'm sure that there must be quality companies like this in many cities across the U.S.
    (or maybe we are just lucky)
     
  17. framah

    framah PFG, Picture Framing God

    Good catch, Mar!!
    Blown up, i can barely see the first letter of the last name. That makes WAAAAAY more sense than having an off kilter plaque.
     
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