A Rarity: Pannotype of a Canadian Colour Sergeant
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.
Edmund Harrington Molyneux-Seel
King's Liverpool Regiment
Halifax, Nova Scotia
15th Regiment of Foot
New Brunswick, Canada
Henry Edward Baines
Royal Garrison Artillery
Canadian Militia Officer
in Mess Dress
Above: Non-commissioned officers of the 10th Royal Regiment of TorontoVolunteers c. 1870. Sergeant James Pembroke Beddoes stands second from left, third row back.
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.
William Franklin "Frank" Eby
Royal Canadian Artillery
Valentine Stewart Hitchcock
Canadian Garrison Artillery
Hartley B. French
2nd Canadian Mounted Riflemen
James Alfred Boxer
Cold Weather Dress
Law of the North
North West Mounted Police
Carte de Visite
London, Ontario, Canada
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.