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China 1842, with original straight bar – HMS Columbine


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China 1842, with original straight bar – HMS Columbine

To: Daniel Conway, Purser, H.M.S. Columbine.  

Purser Daniel Conway, of Cork, Ireland, was made Paymaster on 28 December 1837, and served as Purser aboard the sloop HMS Columbine (16 guns) during the First China War of 1840-42, having been appointed Purser on 31 May 1838.

He later served aboard HMS Hydra in 1843.

In his personal life, he is recorded in the United Service Magazine as having married Miss Margaret McCarthy, of Cove, near Cork, Ireland in 1838 (later renamed Queenstown) with whom he had a daughter, Mary Catherine Conway, on 6 April 1946. They are noted as residing at ‘New Square’.

116 China 1842 medals were issued to H.M.S. Columbine, making it relatively scarce to the market.

attractive cabinet tone, a few small marks and bruises to rim, otherwise nearly extremely fine