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A Rarity: Pannotype of a Canadian Colour Sergeant

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Depicting a color sergeant from a Canadian militia rifle battalion, this cased Pannotype is an example of one of the rarest forms of 19th Century photographic processes encountered today.

Perhaps the greatest failing of early glass plate photographic images was their inherent fragility. Padded cases similar to this one were developed to offer such glass images a degree of protection. And while cases made for quite beautiful means of presentation for such images, the glass image housed within could still be cracked or shattered if the case was dropped or sharply struck.

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Canadian Militia
Hand-Tinted Tintype
c. 1860s

Canadian Militia
1/6th Plate Tintype
c. 1880s

Canadian"Scottish" Militia
1/6th Plate Tintype
c. 1880s

Canadian Militia Fusilier

1/6th Plate Tintype
c. 1880

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Edmund Harrington Molyneux-Seel

King's Liverpool Regiment

Halifax, Nova Scotia

c. 1895

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William Martin

15th Regiment of Foot

New Brunswick, Canada


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Henry Edward Baines
Royal Garrison Artillery
Quebec, Canada

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Canadian Militia Officer

in Mess Dress
Quebec, Canada

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Above: Non-commissioned officers of the 10th Royal Regiment of TorontoVolunteers c. 1870. Sergeant James Pembroke Beddoes stands second from left, third row back.

Mounted Photograph
Toronto, Canada.
c. 1870

Serjeant Whatsisname?

Unfortunately, only one member of this group of sergeants of the 10th Royal Regiment of Toronto Volunteers was identified on the back of the image's card stock mount. Sergeant James Pembroke Beddoes stands second from left third row back. I have been able to find out little about Beddoes other than several mentions of him in the Canadian Nominal Rolls and Paylists for the Volunteer Militia between 1869 and 1871.


Beddoes first appears in the Rolls as a private in the 10th Royal Regiment of Toronto Volunteers on 30 June 1869. The following year on 4 June he has been promoted sergeant. In the pay list for 30 June, 1870 Beddoes is listed as a member of the 3rd Company, 10th Royal Regiment.


On 7 December 1870 Beddoes regiment is listed as the 10th Royal Guard of Honor for the opening of Parliament in Ottawa. It's possible the regiment acted in some official capacity during the visit to Canada by Prince Arthur - later the Governor-General of Canada - which took place during 1869-70.

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Canadian Militiaman
28th Perthshire Battalion
c. 1880s

Amos Roy Pyne
69th Annapolis Infantry Battalion.
c. 1899

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No. 416 Sergeant
William Moriarty
1/25th Regiment of Foot

Canadian Militia Private

18th Prescott Battalion of Infantry

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William Franklin "Frank" Eby
Royal Canadian Artillery
c. 1899

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Valentine Stewart Hitchcock
50th Regiment

Canadian Garrison Artillery
c. 1900

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Hartley B. French
2nd Canadian Mounted Riflemen
c. 1902

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James Alfred Boxer

Royal Navy
c. 1924

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Unidentified Soldier
Cold Weather Dress
c. 1890s

Law of the North

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Unidentified Officer
North West Mounted Police

Carte de Visite

London, Ontario, Canada

c. 1876

Wearing the hussar-styled 1876 pattern dress tunic, I believe this man to be an officer  of Canada's storied North West Mounted Police (NWMP).

His breech-loading Snider-Enfield .577 Mk. III carbine and what appears to be a 1853 Light Cavalry Sabre correspond to the arms issued to members of the NWMP in the 1870s. Consulted sources state that swords were issued to officers and NCOs to the rank of staff sergeant, and Beaumont Adams Mk I & Mk III revolvers were issued to all ranks.

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