What are “financial tombstones”?

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What are “financial tombstones”?

Friday, May 8th, 2015



A Financial Tombstone or Deal Toy is a customised gift or souvenir used in the finance sector to mark a significant transaction or business deal. Usually made from Lucite® acrylic, the items are often presented as a trophy during a commemorative event or corporate dinner.

Financial Tombstones get their name from the ‘tombstone advertisement’ which dates back to the 19th century, when printers referred to “column-width newspaper adverts run without any illustration or typographical ornamentation”. A mixture of design and advertisement, Financial Tombstones have been used since the 1960s, when banks and legal firms produced Lucite® slabs which encased adverts announcing their new business partnerships.

The first Lucite® Deal Toy was created in the 1970s by ad man Don McDonald when he created one for a friend who became an investment banker. McDonald subsequently quit his advertising agency job and founded Don McDonald & Associates, which went on to make as many as 5,000 toys a year in the mid-1990s. McDonald discovered that Lucite® was the perfect material; easy to work with, versatile, strong (formerly used to make bullet-proof glass for combat planes) and available in large, cheap quantities.

By heating Lucite®, different shapes can be achieved and bespoke items can be encased within a Deal Toy to showcase products, services and achievements. As well as Lucite® acrylic, other materials used to create Financial Tombstones include crystal, resin, faux stone, wood, metal, and glass. Incredibly, acrylic is clearer and around 50% lighter than glass! It is also resistant to damage by environmental factors such as sunlight, rain, snow, pollutants and many chemicals.

Financial Tombstones and Deal Toys are often utilised as plaques, paperweights or trophies and are designed to include business names, logos and a description of the transaction. A reflection of achievement and status, the items also act as a long-lasting marketing tool for the recipients and a focal-point for the office or boardroom.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deal_toy

For more information about our Financial Tombstones and Deal Toy services, please visit http://www.jamy.co.uk/index.php/financial-tombstones/

Can I order financial tombstones from outside the UK?

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Jamy have carried out many Financial Tombstone orders, for companies all over the UK. Financial Tombstones can also be sent abroad if this is required. We have recently completed a large order of Financial Tombstones which were shipped to France. We will be happy to facilitate your order, no matter your needs. Everything can be carried out, from Design to manufacture to delivery.


Why is it good to use a UK supplier for financial tombstones?

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

It is easy to get drawn in by the prospect of having your Financial Tombstones manufactured abroad. Often they can provide the service at a cheaper price. Remember that sometimes cheaper prices mean cheaper quality, so be aware that they may come back with mistakes.

Jamy will provide a proof before full manufacture, and our knowledge of Financial Tombstones ensures that there are no mistakes.


How quickly can financial tombstones be made?

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Depending on the specification, Jamy can have your Financial Tombstone order ready as quickly as 5 – 10 days. Our UK base means a quicker turnaround on Financial Tombstones, and we are able to get a sample delivered to you within 48 – 72 hours.

Our UK base also means accurate spell checking on Financial Tombstones, and the client will have direct contact with us, ensuring you are kept up to date with the progress of your order, every step of the way.


Why use JAMY for financial tombstones?

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

The Financial Tombstone market is worth £23 million a year alone, and is still common and modern practice. People tend to stick with one Financial Tombstone provider, but it is worth shopping around for the best quote. Jamy are one of only 3 companies that supply AND manufacture Financial Tombstones in the UK. There are many companies who act as middle men, so they buy Financial Tombstones and then sell them on. The cost can be kept down by almost 10% if you deal directly with the manufacturer.


What choices are there when designing financial tombstones?

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Jamy have encapsulated many things in to Financial Tombstones like oil drops, coal, sand and even lego men. If the client requires something that is unable to be encapsulated such as Soap Bubbles, we can build model representations that will look just as good as the original thing once inside the Financial Tombstone.

Almost anything can be encapsulated, depending on the nature of the deal being undertaken. Food products cannot be encapsulated, as they would burn, or turn to mess. In this situation, a representation of such products again can be produced.


Is there a minimum order of financial tombstones?

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Jamy have been known to manufacture batches of Financial Tombstones anywhere from 1 – 60 pieces. We are able to undertake batches of any size, but it is unusual for a batch to contain more than 60 Financial Tombstones.

Financial Tombstone Designs are usually carried out by the client, and are sent through to us for manufacture. We do offer a full design service though if the client should require this. Usually a Financial Tombstone is a paper ‘Certificate’ encapsulated in acrylic, but many other things can also be encapsulated.


What sizes of financial tombstones are there available and can they be manufactured?

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

‘Standard’ financial tombstones tend to be 180mm high x 160mm wide x 25mm deep. These Financial Tombstones account for about 60% of those manufactured. The other 40% are designed to different specifications.

Jamy have recently manufactured a Financial Tombstone in the shape of a spinner, with a biscuit representation encapsulated in the middle. Jamy can usually provide Financial Tombstones to any specifications, though if we are unable to produce a certain Financial Tombstone, we can offer a fully designed alternative.


What are Financial Tombstones?

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

A Financial Tombstone tends to be a prize for someone working in the financial sector to celebrate their deals. Financial Tombstones will be presented to people at parties or ceremonies after the completion of a deal.

They are most commonly used in big financial hot spots such as the City of London, which is also known as the ‘Square Mile’.

Anyone of note in the financial sector will have many Financial Tombstones in their office.


Financial Tombstones – 01480 456391

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Our financial tombstones are bespoke banking and financial sector corporate awards proudly manufactured by us in the UK, using UK produced materials.  Our financial tombstones are carefully crafted, high quality awards designed to reflect your company and your company’s achievements.  Either as a one-off or part of a larger order your financial tombstone will be made to your design.

We can produce your financial tombstones in a shape and size of your choice.  We love a challenge so talk to us about your requirements.  Our creative team will work with you to come up with a financial tombstone to suit your needs.  We can screen and digitally print your financial tombstones on the surface or inside.

We have been designing and manufacturing a great bespoke range of awards since 1983.  With over 30 years of experience you can be reassured that you are in safe and creative hands.  If you are up against the clock you can rely on us to deliver to a fast turnaround whilst ensuring exacting high quality financial tombstones.  Leave it to us to get your awards to you on time, every time.

Financial tombstones are a lasting record of your company’s achievements, whether that be a company merger, takeover or large financial arrangement and transaction.  We will help you make a great impression with stunningly designed financial tombstones.  Just take a look around our website and let our stunning products speak for themselves.

Our friendly team will provide a variety of in-house services to produce your bespoke financial tombstones.  Our experienced advisers will happily chat through your requirements, developing an inspiring design through to producing a final product you are 100% happy with.  We put the same dedication, imagination and innovation into creating your bespoke financial tombstones as you did in completing the deal.

We have the experience and expertise to cast, shape and embed a product within your financial tombstones to give you the product you have been looking for.  If you are looking for the very highest quality financial tombstones then you have come to the right place.  From the traditional ‘classic’ financial tombstone to complicated and demanding ‘deal toys’ we will carry out every project to the same high exacting standards.