Lot Archive


№ 5


1 December 2004

Hammer Price:

Pair: Able Seaman H. Jones, Royal Navy

Baltic 1854-55
, unnamed as issued; Royal Navy L.S. & G.C., V.R., narrow suspension (A.B., H.M.S. Asia, 22 Years), impressed naming, edge nicks, nearly extremely fine and rare (2) £200-250

Approximately 20 Medals issued of this type with years of service shown on the edge.

Henry Jones was born in Devonport in August 1838 and entered the Royal Navy as an Ordinary Seaman 2nd Class in June 1853. He susbequently witnessed active service in H.M.S. St. Jean D’Acre during the Baltic operations of 1854-55, and also qualified for the Crimea Medal for “Sebastopol” and the Turkish Crimea, for services in the same ship, latterly as Carpenters Crew. Awarded his L.S. & G.C. Medal in May 1877, Jones was pensioned ashore in the following year; interestingly, this latter award should have been inscribed for at least ‘24 Years’ service, but a probable explanation for the error is included in accompanying research undertaken by the late Captain K. J. Douglas-Morris, R.N.