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Object ID # 2004.006.005
Object Name Shoehorn
Title Brass Shoehorn
Lexicon category 3: Personal Artifacts
Date pre-1933
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Unknown
Description Brass shoehorn (military). It is made of one brass piece, that was bent to shape it. It is stamped with a maker's mark that has a triple anchors in an oval (top/narrower end).

Makers mark Stamped with a mark that has a triple anchors in an oval
Provenance Unknown manufacturer. 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 Military, 20th-c Collection
Material Brass
Dimensions W-5.1 L-16.5 cm
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
People Telford, James P.
Telford, Dorothy A.

Telford, Murray
Search Terms 31st Grey Battalion of Infantry
Function A hand-held item that is used to stretch a tight boot or shoe so that it easier to move one's foot in or out of it. This shoehorn belonged to the Telford family. It may have first belonged to James P. Telford, a militia officer (his brother and sons also participated in the 31st Grey Battalion). Officers had to buy their own kit, so it may have been locally-purchased and used by him. It is a factory-made shoehorn.