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Object ID # 2004.006.010ab
Object Name Medal, Prize
Title Ontario Rifle Association Silver Medal
Lexicon category 8: Communication Artifact
Date Late 19th-century
Year Range from 1878
Year Range to 1900
Artist P. W. Ellis & Co.
Made P. W. Ellis & Co.
Place of Origin Toronto, Ontario
Description A silver medal from the Ontario Rifle Association (late 19th-c), that was presented to James P. Telford of Grey County.
A: Presentation Case - hinged, green plush exterior squarish case, burgundy plush lining with dark pink satin lining the lid. "P. W. Ellis & Co. / Medallists / Toronto" printed in gold lettering on the pink satin. Silvertone catch at the front.
B: Medal - The medal is coin-like and 4 cm in diameter. Its thick edge is smooth, not knurled, and there is no engraving. The obverse has a relief illustration of a kneeling 19th-century marksman / rifleman. The border has maple leaves and a beaver in the design. The reverse side has a central banner with IN PACE PARATUS 1812-37-66 {alludes to the War of 1812, the 1837 Rebellion and the 1866 Fenian Raids} and PRESENTED BY THE ONTARIO RIFLE ASSOCIATION.
Provenance It is a late 19th-century item, as the maker, P.W. Ellis & Co., Medallists, Toronto, was established in 1878. The medal was presented to James P. Telford (b.1839-d.1933) of Grey County, who was an excellent marksman and 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. In the 1880s, he was Captain / Major J. P. Telford, and he and the Leith Rifle company won the Cleland Cup between 1886-1890 for their rifle marksmanship.

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 Firearms & Accoutrements, 19th-c Collection
Material Metal/Silver/Ink/Satin/Velvet
Dimensions H-2.5 W-7.7 L-7.7 cm
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
People Telford, James P.
Telford, Dorothy A.
Subjects 31st Grey Battalion of Infantry
Militia History
Function A marksmanship prize. This trophy still exists and is shown as the Owen Sound Armouries building (belongs to the Grey & Simcoe Foresters).