YOU ARE HERE: Skip Navigation LinksHome > Memorial Plaque Information >

Memorial Plaques - A Tutorial - Plaque Borders


The border on a memorial plaque is cast integral with the plaque and is generally highlighted by either a stroke-sander, a buffing wheel or hand-rubbed to provide a pleasing contrast with the background finish.

Standard Borders

These consist of flat borders and are available at no extra cost on all standard sizes. Some designs are not practical on small namestrips under 3" in height.

Straight Edge
(SE) (no border)
Single Line
Bevel Edge
Single Line
Bevel Edge
Double Line

Ornamental Borders

Decorative borders based on classic designs are available at additional cost on most standard size memorial plaques. These borders are dimensionally sculpted and hand finished. Because these are custom made, often they are used in combination with an unusual shaped or sized plaque.

Egg & Dart
(with optional
corner detail)
5/8", 3/4", 7/8", 1"
Beaded Bevel
Lamb's Tongue
3/4", 7/8", 1", 1-1/8"
Ivy Leaf
3/8", 1/2", 7/8"
Oak Leaf
7/8", 1",
1-1/8", 1-1/4"
Reed & Ribbon
(inside curve)
1/2" minimum
Water Leaf
(with optional
corner detail)
3/4", 7/8", 1"

Flat Decorative Borders

These borders are produced from black & white line art. Borders are raised the same height as the memorial plaque lettering and are highlighted to match the raised copy. A few standard examples are shown; others can be easily created from artwork.

(1-1/2" minimum width)
Floral Stencil
(5/8"minimum width)
Greek Key
(5/8"minimum width)

Helpful Hints

  • Most of our standard borders are sized in proportion to the size of the memorial plaque. If exact border dimensions are required (for example, to match an existing plaque) please specify when ordering.
  • In addition to the width of the ornamental borders shown, custom widths may be sculpted by our pattern makers.
  • Most of our borders - particularly the ornamental and flat decorative styles - may be cast and provided in lengths for use with other sign or decorative elements.


Continue Our memorial plaque tour --->

If you want to jump to certain a specific section of the tour of memorial plaques, use the links below to jump to that section.