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Korean War Medals Shadowbox (2-sided Frame)

While the fighting during the Korean War lasted only a little longer than the US involvement in WWI (under 2 years), its distinction was that it ended in a truce, but no armistice or permanent peace. While the truce has held for just under 70 years, North and South Korea have eyed each other warily during that time and the USA has established a near-permanent presence based there during that time. The contrast between the two Koreas could not be more striking. Have said all that, we must not forget the service and sacrifice of the US soldiers who served there.

One of our clients brought in the service medals and ribbons belonging to a family member who served there. She wanted to be able to see both sides of the Korea Service Medal, so Dana (our shop manager) designed a mat that had a circular pocket in it that would allow a mat on the front and back to show the two faces of the medal, both sides being under glass. Anti-reflective, u/v filtering ArtGlass UV-WW was used to allow maximum visibility and protection. The mat was a black suede by Crescent, #5506 Night Sky. The simple, contemporary frame is a Studio 27245 Opus Matte Black with gold lip. Glass size was 6 3/8 x 5 1/2".

The glass was held in place, on the back, using glued in black acrylic 1/8" square spacers. The openings in the mats were cut slightly smaller than the medal's diameter and a sink mat is sandwiched between he two black suede mats. The sink mat holds the medallion in place.

Framing Designed by Dana L. Fisher, MCPF
Framing executed by Julie A. Kotulak, CPF
Photos by Brian D. Flax, CPF
Images shown by kind permission of the Shizas Family