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Object ID # 2004.006.008
Object Name Sabratache
Other Name Sabretache
Title 19th-c Militia Officer's Sabretache
Lexicon category 3: Personal Artifacts
Date 19th Century
Year Range from 1863
Year Range to 1902
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Unknown
Description A military sabretache made of black leather, shield-shaped larger body, which has three suspension rings. The front has a gusseted, flapped pouch area. The flap has two slits, either of which can be used on the brass post catch. The lower area has another brass post. When the pouch is flipped over, the shield-shaped area provides a writing surface, with corner holders to hold the document. There is also an inner fabric-lined storage area, possibly intended for holding writing implements and stationery. No maker's name or mark is seen.
Provenance Unknown manufacturer (possibly a British factory, and prior to 1891, as it lacks a country of origin mark). The Canadian militia discontinued their use in 1901-1902, so it would pre-date then. It belonged to and 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 (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/Brass
Dimensions W-24 L-32 D-3.5 cm
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
People Telford, James P.
Telford, Dorothy A.
Telford, Murray
Subjects 31st Grey Battalion of Infantry
Militias
Search Terms 31st Grey Battalion of Infantry
Function Used to carry writing materials. It would be attached to the waist belt of the officer by three leather slings (there are three rings at the top of the pouch).