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Object ID # 2004.006.011
Object Name Belt, Sword
Title CANADA MILITIA Officer's Waist Belt
Lexicon category 3: Personal Artifacts
Date Late 19th-century
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Canada
Description A CANADA MILITIA waist belt with an officer's waist belt plate and sword slings. It is made of machine-stitched brown tanned leather, with brass posts and connection rings. There is a brass hanging hook at the man's left side. The "sword slings" were used to attach the officer's sword scabbard to the waist belt. There is a two-piece clasp [the belt plate]. The Canada Militia area has a dull silvertone border, with a beaver and crown above a brass background. The larger clasp piece has a ring of repeated maple leaves (diameter of 5 cm). No maker's name or logo is present.
Provenance Unknown manufacturer. It belonged to and likely was used by James P. Telford (an officer of the 31st Grey Battalion). First commissioned in 1863 at a Lieutenant, he became a Major in 1887. He served continuously in the Canadian Militia for 38 years. He was Lt.-Colonel of the 31st Grey Regiment from 1894 to 1900.

The next owner of the item (1933 until 1990) was one of his grandsons, Murray McCallum Telford.

The last owner was Murray's wife, Dorothy A. Telford of Owen Sound.
Collection Military, 19th-c Collection
Material Leather/Thread/Brass
Dimensions H-4 cm
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
People Telford, James P.
Telford, Dorothy A.

Telford, Murray
Subjects Militia History
31st Grey Battalion of Infantry
Search Terms 31st Grey Battalion of Infantry
Function A militia officer's waist belt, which would have a sword scabbard attached to it. It belonged to James P. Telford of Grey County, who served for 38 consecutive years in Canada Militia (he was first commissioned in 1863, retired in 1900).