Plaque Retail Prices
The prices of our wall, podium and desk plaques have wide variations, depending on size, design complexity, materials and style. The price of our custom plaques range from $155 to $3500+, depending on size and style. Typical custom small plaques with sizes from 15 inches to 18 inches have prices that range from $180 to $900, with an average price of $450. The lowest price 15 to 18 inch diameter plaques are 2-D plaques with giclee printed images ($155 to $180); intermediate price custom plaques are carved in 2.5-D raised or engraved relief and artist-brush painted in multiple colors ($290 to $485) ; on the high end are carved 3-D bas-relief wood and metal-plated plaques ($685 to $910). Larger plaques have higher prices. We design and fabricate wall plaques in inches from 10 inches to 10 ft.
Sections 2 and 4 below described our three relief styles, 2-D flat relief , 2.5-D multi-level raised or engraved relief, and 3-D bas-relief, and also our various materials and finishes. Our lower priced plaques are very attractive, and are often purchased by military units and homeowners for their private use. Our higher-priced plaques are often purchased by government agencies, courts, police, etc.
You can get the price of any plaque on this website, or your custom plaque, by doing one of the following:
(1) Look up the price on the RETAIL PRICE LIST in Fig 1 or 1A below (they are the same prices on both tables, but Fig 1A is a simpler table that summarizes our most popular styles and sizes of plaques).
(2) E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
(4) Call one of our customer Service Representative/Project Coordinators (Regina, Christie, or Liz) at 951-698-8484
We welcome your phone call and/or email. Christie , Regina, or Liz, our knowledgeable and helpful Customer Service Representatives, will be pleased to give you a price, give you advice on the styles of plaques, or provide information on any of our products. We welcome casual inquiries and will respond either directly (on the phone) or within one or two days (email or Quote form) . We will provide the price of the plaque and also shipping costs if you tell us your location or ZIP. We know your time is limited, and sometimes its easier to make a phone call or send a short email than to determine the prices on the RETAIL PRICE LIST in Fig 1 below.
1. RETAIL PRICE LIST
The approximate and typical prices for our custom wall and podium plaques are shown in Fig 1 below. You can click on Ctr++ on your PC to zoom in on this table or use your two fingers or your mobile phone screen to enlarge the image . You can also download a PDF zoomable copy of this table which is more readable by clicking on Wood & Metal Plaque Retail Prices. These are APPROXIMATE and TYPICAL retail prices, because our actual quoted prices are based on details of the design of your custom sign or plaque, including its actual size , carving and painting complexity, number of colors, and packaging requirements for shipping, etc. This purpose of this approximate price list is to give our customers comparative prices of different sign / plaque sizes, material, and design complexity to help them choose between design alternatives. Always call for a quote if you want a firm exact price for your custom sign or plaque. Wholesale prices to qualified resellers are substantially lower than the prices in Fig 1.
Fig 1 - Approximate and typical RETAIL PRICE LIST for different styles & Sizes of Wall & Podium Plaques. All prices are approximate . Exact prices depend on design details (size, thickness, material, number of colors, carving complexity, mounting techique, etc. ). Call or email us , or send in our quote form with your requirements or specifications for exact quotes.
Fig 1A - Summary Price List of the Most Popular Styles of Wall and Podium Plaques. These prices are identical to those in Fig 1 above for the same product.
2. HOW TO USE THE PRICE LIST
Our RETAIL PRICE LIST ( Fig 1 or 1A above ) provides not only prices, but also comparative prices on plaque styles and sizes. For example, is a bronze-plated plaque more expensive than a full-color painted plaque? Is a Mahogany plaque more expensive than a Cedar plaque? How much more is a Maple plaque than an HDU plaque? What is the price of a 3-D bas relief plaque compared to a 2.5-D flat relief or engraved plaque? How much more is a 36 inch diameter plaque than a 24 inch diameter plaque? How much does a gold-leaf gilded plaque cost compared to a metallic gold painted plaque? How can I reduce the price on a plaque I want to fit within my budget? What are your least expensive plaque styles? These and many more questions can be answered by viewing our RETAIL PRICE LIST in Fig 1.
We give discounts of 10% to the prices listed in Fig 1 or 1A above if 3 or more identical plaques are ordered at the same time or if 5 or more similar but not identical plaques are ordered at the same time.
Fig 2 - We make plaques in three different materials, as shown above. Painted plaques, from 1 to 10 colors (Style 1.1 in the Price LIst in Fig 1 above ) and metal-plated plaques (Style 1.2), including bronze, brass, aluminum, copper, and gold and silver leaf, use a High-Density-Urethane substrate, carved in either 3-D or 2.5-D relief. Carved wood plaques (Style 1.3) are made of African Mahogany, American Maple, Cherry, White Oak, Cedar, or Redwood.
Fig 3 - We make plaques in three different styles of relief, as shown above. Engraved plaques are in the same price category as 2.5-D multi-level raised relief plaques. The prices for the above three different styles of plaques (from left to right). are listed in Fig 1 as Styles 1.1.5, 1.1.3, and 1.1.1, respectively,
2. PLAQUE PRICES VARY WITH SIZE AND STYLE
Our plaques have wide variations in prices, depending on plaque size and style. The price of our custom plaques range from $115 to several thousand dollars, depending on size and style. Fig 3 above shows our three basic relief styles, 2-D flat relief , 2.5-D multi-level raised relief, and 3-D bas-relief.
The style codes for representative plaques of different styles is provided in the second and third paragraph of the description text for each photo in our 24 Galleries. Nearly every plaque on this website has a "Style Category" listed in the 3rd or 4th paragraph of the expanded view of each individual plaque's photo. To determine the price of a plaque, you can use this Category code to look up the approximate (within 10%) price of a plaque in the Retail PRICE LIST in Fig 1 above.
Prices are given for typical size plaques. We can make any custom size plaque from 10 inches to 10 ft wide, including round, rectangular, elliptical, and irregular shapes, not just the sizes listed in Table 1. If the plaque size you want (all sizes are custom) is not listed, or you find the price list confusing or difficult to use, please email us at email@example.com or call us at 951-698-8484 and we will respond within a couple of days with the price for a plaque shown on this website or a custom plaque that you can describe.
The price of a plaque is based on its style and its size (its diameter, if round, or height/or width, if it is nearly square or elliptical close to being round, whichever is greater). Large plaques have higher prices than small plaques. Wood plaques (Style Category 1.3) are more expensive than High-Density-Urethane (HDU) plaques, because wood material costs 2 to 3 times as much as HDU, and takes more labor to carve and sand. Metal-plated HDU plaques (Style Category 1.2) have higher prices than painted HDU plaques because of the high cost of the metal plating or gilding m(especially 24K gold leaf) and the labor to polish and burnish the metal to a high shine. 3-D plaques have higher prices than 2.5-D or engraved plaques, because they take 2 to 5 times as long to carve, and it takes 2 to 3 times as long for the artist to intricately paint them with many colors with a small artist brush. Our least expensive dimensional plaques are 2.5-D or engraved HDU plaques with one to three colors, because they can be made with only a few hours labor. Our least expensive plaques overall are in Style Category 1.4 (Economy Plaques, with 2-D printed giclee artwork and text ), because both material and labor costs are much lower for than our carved dimensional plaques.
3. CUSTOM DESIGNS
If you want a plaque not shown on this website but you have a description (size and style type), a picture, a drawing, a photo, or a sketch of of a seal, insignia, crest or logo that you want us to make a plaque for, send it to us along with the sizes you want in an email or by enclosing it in the "Quote" form (top right in gold masthead above on this page) and we will provide you the prices for custom plaques of various relevant styles with a range of prices.
We offer substantially lower prices to retailers and re-sellers of our plaques than the prices shown on the PRICE LIST. Companies requesting this discount must have a re-sellers license and are responsible for collecting sales taxes due in their state, if any. We do not charge sales tax to re-sellers, out-of-state direct sales clients, or to Government or military entities. There are volume discounts of 10% for 3 or more of identical plaques for both direct buyers and re-sellers, and up to discounts up to 15% for 10 or more identical plaques.
There is no separate design fee for 2-D, 2.5-D or engraved plaques, even custom or personalized plaques. There is also no design fee for 3-D bas-relief plaques, if the 3-D artwork is identical to one of the plaques shown in a photo on this website, or if we can find a 3-D clipart of your requested art on one of the commercial websites we order from. The only time a separate fee is required is for new detailed 3-D bas-relief geometrical modeling fabrication artwork, which we require to specify the tool paths of the CNC router. If we need to create a new geometric model, the additional cost varies from $75 to $300+, depending on complexity and detail, in addition to the fabrication cost for the plaque.
4. PLAQUE STYLES
Retail prices are listed in the PRICE LIST (Fig 1 above) by style category, for various sizes of plaques. The styles are described in the STYLE section of 19 pages. Each of the styles below has a Style Category indicated by a digital number (e.g., 1.1.3) . Every plaque shown on this website has a Style Category listed under its photo in the expanded view (click on a photo or its title to get an expanded view and description of the plaque). That Style Category is described on one of the style pages (click on a gold underlined link below and or on its name in the pull-down menu under STYLE in the gold masthead). The Style Categories are listed below:
Style Category and Price Code List
1.1 Style Category Carved and Painted HDU Plaques
- 1.1.1 Painted, 3-D, 4 or More Colors
- 1.1.2 Painted Intricate & Detailed 3-D Full-Relief Carving & Multi-Color Artistic Paintin with Gold Leaf
- 1.1.3 Painted, 2.5-D or Engraved, 4 or more colors
- 1.1.4 Painted, 3-D, 1 to 3 Colors
- 1.1.5 Painted, 2.5-D or Engraved, 1 to 3 Colors
1.2 Style Category Metal-Plated and Cast Metal Plaques
- 1.2.1 Bronze-Plated, 3- D
- 1.2.2 Bronze-Plated, 2.5-D or Engraved
- 1.2.3 Brass-Plated, 3-D
- 1.2.4 Brass-Plated, 2.5-D or Engraved
- 1.2.5 Copper-Plated, 3-D
- 1.2.6 Copper-Plated, 2.5-D or Engraved
- 1.2.7 Nickel-Silver or Aluminum-Plated, 3-D
- 1.2.8 Nickel-Silver or Aluminum Plated, 2,5-D/Engraved
- 1.2.9 Gold-Leaf Gilded 3-D HDU (20% of Area)
- 1.2.10 Gold-Leaf Gilded 3-D HDU (40% of Area)
- 1.2.11 Gold-Leaf Gilded 2.5-D / Engraved HDU (20% Area)
- 1.2.12 Silver-Leaf Gilded 3-D HDU (40% of Area)
- 1.2.16 Machined Solid Bronze 2.5-D
- 1.2.17 Machined Solid Aluminum 2.5-D or Engraved
- 1.2.18 Machined Solid Brass, 2.5-D or Engraved
1.3 Style Category Carved Natural and Stained Wood Plaques
- 1.3.1 Mahogany, 3-D
- 1.3.2 Mahogany 2.5-D/Engraved
- 1.3.3 Mahogany Engraved with 24K Gold Leaf Letters, Border & Art
- 1.3.4 Redwood 3-D
- 1.3.5 Redwood 2.5-D/Engraved
- 1.3.6 Maple 3-D
- 1.3.7 Maple 2.5-D/Engraved
1.4 Style Category Economy Plaques (Giglee Printed 2-D Plaques and Laser Engraved Wood Plaques)
1.5 Style Category Command and Award Boards and Plaques
- 1.5.1 Chain-of-Command and Organization Wall Plaques and Boards
- 1.5.2 Award and Recognition Wall Plaques and Boards
The prices for custom wood and HDU chain-of-command and organization chart boards and wall plaques, 1.5.1 and 1.5.2 immediately above, do not have prices listed in Fig 1 above because there are so many variables impacting price (number and size of photos, number of engraved brass name plates and sliders, number and size of 2.5-D and 3-D carved appliques, species of wood, thickness, etc.) These are typically made of wood (African Mahogany, Redwood, Cedar and Oak) but we also make them using High-Density Urethane (HDU). Prices for these wood large command and award boards range from less than $800 for smaller boards (2 ft x 2 ft) to over $3500 for very large boards (i.e., 6 x 5 ft), Boards made of HDU instead of wood have substantially lower prices. Call us at 951-698-8484 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for specific prices and quotes for your custom command and award board .
5. HARDWARE PRICES
In addition to the the plaque, you may wish to order to order hardware to install your plaque on a wall or podium. These range from very simple inexpensive devices for small lightweight plaques such as double-back tape, sawtooth picture hangers and keyholes (to hang the plaque like a picture) , to stronger methods such as Z-clips for medium to heavy plaques. Our heaviest, very large plaques (weighing as much as a thousand pounds) require threaded stainless steel studs embedded in the back of the plaque, to be inserted into holes drilled into a concrete, brick, wood, or drywall. See Section 7, "Methods for Mounting Wall and Podium Plaques" in the Style Overview page for a more thorough description of these methods. We recommend you select one of these when you order your plaque to make installation easier. However, installation hardware is optional and you may wish to install the plaque using your own technique and hardware. If you order hardware, its price is added to the price of the plaque. Prices for various installation hardware are given in Section 2 of Fig 1 above.
6. PACKING AND SHIPPING COSTS
We charge for our costs incurred in packing and shipping. For most plaques, which are relatively small, we ship by UPS ground, which typically takes from 1 (California destinations) to 5 days (East Coast destinations). We pack plaques very carefully so as to minimize damage, in custom built cardboard boxes (small plaques) or custom-built wood crates (large plaques) surrounded by with foam packing material. We insure all shipments, and take responsibility for any plaques that are damaged by repairing or replacing a plaque damaged by the shipper. All plaques are insured for their full price. Packing and shipping costs are listed in Section 3 of Fig 1 above. Plaques that are picked up at our factory in Murrieta, CA have no packing or shipping cost.
7. STATE SALES TAX
Buyers located outside of California and retailers/resellers of our plaques in any state are not charged a sales tax. For retail buyers who are residents in California, the state and local sales tax varies from 7.25% to 9.5% of the price of the plaque and associated hardware (but not shipping costs), depending on the county and city where the plaque is delivered.
Out-of-state orders have no California or sales tax for their state. There is no sales tax on plaques purchased by the Federal , State or local governments, or the military services.