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Knife and sheath owned by James Conder

Date: c 1855
Dimensions:
Knife: 31 x 276 x 55 mm, 100 g
Scabbard: 12 x 58 x 31 mm
Medium: Steel, wood, rope
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Robert Murphy
Classification:Armament
Object Name: Knife and sheath
Object No: V00005673
Place Manufactured:Sheffield

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    Description
    This knife and sheath belonged to James Conder, who served in the Victorian Colonial Navy between 1892 and 1896, and later the Royal Australian Navy. The knife's manufacturer, Manson, produced blades in Sheffield from the 1820s until the 1860s.
    SignificanceThis knife and sheath belonged to James Bryance Conder, whose naval career spanned four different navies in the service of Australia between 1891 and 1937.
    HistoryJames (Jim) Bryance Conder was one of thousands of Australian sailors who helped to shape Australia's naval history. His naval career, interspersed with periods ashore, illustrates all stages in the transition from British control of Australia's naval defence to full local responsibility with the formation of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). It also shows what a strong imprint the Royal Navy had on the RAN.

    Conder joined the Royal Navy in Australia in 1891 aged 19 having sailed in the merchant ships ELLORA and AVENGER over the previous two years. He served on HMS ORLANDO, HMVS CERBERUS, HMVS NELSON, gunboat HMVS ALBERT, HMS KATOOMBA, HM Ships CHALLENGER and PSYCHE.
    Additional Titles

    Assigned title: Victorian Navy issue knife and sheath

    Web title: Knife and sheath owned by James Conder

    Related People
    Manufacturer: Manson

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