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Object ID # 2004.006.002
Object Name Pouch, Cartridge
Title Canada Rifles Cartridge Pouch for a Pouch Belt (19th-c)
Lexicon category 5: T&E For Science & Technology
Date 19th-century
Year Range from 1863
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Canada
Description CANADA RIFLES pouch for a pouch belt. In the 19th-c, the Canada Rifles used the insignia of a bugle horn. This would be worn on a militia officer's "pouch belt" which was worn over one shoulder to hold the pouch in the small of the back. The body of the item is rectangular, with thick, dark-coloured tanned leather forming a box-like area. Inside there is a metal (tin) liner which keeps the shape and provides a durable receptacle. This liner looks like it once had a red finish, which is only partial now. The front flap has a decorative silvertone applique on it and is shaped with a very small point in the leather below it. This motif is reportedly "the generic Rifles bugle horn". It looks like a hunting horn, suspended from a ribbon-like motif with 2 pendants. There is a silvertone knob on the bottom side of the purse. One end still has two plain connecting rings and a suspension ring (all silvertone metal). Inside are two bevelled brass nuts. There is no maker's identification, which suggests that it pre-dates 1891.
Makers mark None
Provenance Unknown manufacturer, likely a military outfitter, as it has the Canada Rifles device on it. It belonged to and was used by a militia officer, James Pattison Telford, of Annan, Sydenham Township, Grey County. He received his Lieutenant's commission in 1863. He served in the Canadian militia with the 31st Grey Battalion for 38 years. He commanded the 31st Battalion from 1894-1900 when he was Lieutenant-Colonel Telford. He and his family had moved to Owen Sound in 1887. After 1933, the item was passed down to a grandson, Murray McCallum Telford (d. 1990). The last owner was Murray's wife, Dorothy A. Telford.
Collection Firearms & Accoutrements, 19th-c Collection
Material Leather/Metal/Brass
Dimensions W-17.5 L-8.7 D-4.5 cm
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
People Telford, James P.
Telford, Dorothy A.

Telford, Murray
Subjects Canada Militia
Search Terms 31st Grey Battalion of Infantry
Function Intended be worn on a militia officer's "pouch belt" which was worn over one shoulder to hold the pouch in the small of the back. Officer's had to purchase their own kit. It belonged to a Grey County militia officer, James P. Telford, who was a skilled marksman and hunter. It would hold a quantity of cartridges for his rifle.