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Object ID # 2004.006.013ab
Object Name Puttee
Title 1909 Patent Puttees
Lexicon category 3: Personal Artifacts
Date 1909 patent
Year Range from 1909
Year Range to 1914
Made Fox
Place of Origin Somerset, England
Description Pair of khaki green puttees (1909 patent), a&b. The pair of puttees has a green khaki woollen length which is approx. 124 cm long overall, and 10.5 cm wide. One end is shaped and machine-stitched with a brown khaki twill tape for binding the roll (one would roll the puttees up when not in use) or for tying them. The twill area is about 2.2 cm wide and 152 cm long.
The twill tape end has a sewn on label identifying the manufacturer as Fox, of Wellington, Somerset [England]. FIP Patent 4214-1909. The other end has a straight edge.
Makers mark The twill tape end has a sewn on label identifying the manufacturer as Fox, of Wellington, Somerset [England]. FIP Patent 4214-1909
Provenance This pair of puttees has a 1909 patent, so they would have been used by someone in the Telford family after that date. They were given along with some militaria that belonged to Lt.-Col. James P. Telford of Owen Sound (b. 1839-d. 1933), but as he ceased to be the regimental head of the 31st Grey Regiment in 1900, they may have belonged to one of his sons.

One of James P. Telford's grandsons, Murray M. Telford (b. 1919 at Hamilton, the eldest son of John MacDonald Telford and Lillias Gardner Telford) inherited a number of Telford items. Murray later lived at Owen Sound, then Grimsby, and returned to Owen Sound in 1979.
Last owned by his wife, Dorothy A. Telford (neƩ Vincent).
Collection Military, 20th-c Collection
Material Wool/Fabric/Thread
Dimensions W-2.2 L-152 cm
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
People Telford, James P.
Telford, Dorothy A.
Function Textile band that is wound and secured around a soldier's lower leg to provide warmth, keep out mud, etc.