George V RN Flag Officer's Sword, For Sale
In overall very good condition, the George V Royal Navy Flag Officer's
Sword of Vice Admiral Everard John Hardman-Jones CB OBE.
Bought by Everard
John Hardman-Jones on his promotion to Rear Admiral in the 1930's.
Everard John Hardman-Jones was the commanding officer of several
important warships including the aircraft carriers HMS Furious and
HMS Courageous, before eventually becoming a Vice Admiral and Commander-in-Chief
for the Coast of Scotland in 1933. The blade bears the Jones / Johnes
The 31 3/8 inch blade us is in very good condition, some slight
brown oxidization around a few raised etching sections, but nothing
too much. Blade form in the hilt. The hilt overall very good, as
are the white fishskin grip and twisted grip wire bindings. The
leather and gilt metal fittings scabbard has oak leaves to those
fittings for a flag officer rank; the leather is a little aged and
has lost its upper most layer but is overall very sound. The folding
guard section with engraved name "E. J. Hardman-Jones"
works and locates as it should on the scabbard's top locket retaining
pin. The sword know is aged and worn but clearly the original. Sword
etched at ricasso to make Gaunt. This is a dress weight (slender
/ piquet) blade of course.
There is only one in the world, so one of our best ever bargains
at £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference R17
(0488). Further / full sized images available upon request.
Everard John Hardman-Jones was born in 1881, the son of a barrister,
Richard Jepson Hardman-Jones of Woodlands, Binfield, Buckinghamshire,
and entered the Royal Navy as a Cadet in Britannia in 1897.
Sub. Lieutenant April 1901, Lieutenant April 1903, he was granted
permission to accept and wear the 5th Class insignia of the Portuguese
Order of St. Avis in April 1909, following a period of service in
H.M.S. Exmouth, flagship of Admiral Sir A. G. Curzon-Howe, R.N.
He was also granted permission to accept the Turkish Imtiaz Medal
in silver in 1910.
Lieutenant-Commander April 1911, he was serving on the battleship
Iron Duke, Jellicoe’s flagship, at the outbreak of hostilities
in August 1914. In December 1917 he was promoted to Commander, and
commanded the cruiser Dublin until the war’s end. He was the
Officer’s grade of the Italian Order of St. Maurice &
St. Lazarus, and received his O.B.E. for his service in the Baltic
on the cruiser Caledon in 1919.
Captain December 1920, Hardman-Jones commanded the training ship
Erebus 1927-29, returned to sea as captain of the aircraft carriers
Furious and Courageous 1929-30 and served as S.N.O. Harwich 1931-33,
when he was appointed A.D.C. to George V. Having then been promoted
to Rear-Admiral, he served as S.N.O. in Scotland 1933-35 (C.B.),
prior to being placed on the Retired List at the rank of Vice-Admiral
in June 1937. Recalled on the renewal of hostilities, he served
as S.N.O. Newhaven 1942-44. The Admiral retired to Hursley in Hampshire,
where he served as Chairman of the Winchester Rural District Council
from 1945-56, and died in June 1962.