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  • Powder flask
    Object       A small copper flask that was presumably used for gun powder. There is a brass rim at the opening and a metal lever to open it. The design on the face is the same on both sides: Trees, a hunter and a dog. For more information, read “‘Scruples of Conscience’: ...
    Object     A small copper flask that was presumably used for gun powder. There is a brass rim at the opening and a metal lever to open it. The design on the ...
  • Powder flask & stopper
    Object       A hand-made powder horn, dated approximately 1800, that is believed to have existed since 1790. Both the flask and the stopper are made wood. For more information, read “‘Scruples of Conscience’: The War of 1812 in the Sugarloaf Settlement” by Donald G. Anger, the Port Colborne Historical and Marine Museum. ...
    Object     A hand-made powder horn, dated approximately 1800, that is believed to have existed since 1790. Both the flask and the stopper are made wood. For more information, read “‘Scruples of ...
  • Large Copper Powder Flask
    Object       This large copper powder flask has a brass rim and spout at the top. Below the spout is marked "Dixon & Sons", the Manufacturer. The spout is marked: "DRAMS 4 1/2 4 1/2 4 3 3/4 3 1/2. Below the spout is a lever to open. There are also four ...
    Object     This large copper powder flask has a brass rim and spout at the top. Below the spout is marked "Dixon & Sons", the Manufacturer. The spout is marked: "DRAMS 4 ...
  • Cannonball- C. 1812
    Object       Cannonball that was found at the south end of Elm Street, near the lake, in Port Colborne. It is believed that military stores and munitions were often kept in the Sugar Loaf area and would be quickly buried or secreted to prevent their seizure by advancing American troops. This was ...
    Object     Cannonball that was found at the south end of Elm Street, near the lake, in Port Colborne. It is believed that military stores and munitions were often kept in the ...
  • Cannon Ball Fragments
    Objectcomment       These are a group of cannon ball fragments. The cannon balls look to have been hollow inside.
    Objectcomment     These are a group of cannon ball fragments. The cannon balls look to have been hollow inside.
  • Cannonballs- C. 1812
    Object       Two cannonballs, one smaller and lopsided was found in a backyard on Catharine Street in Port Colborne and the other larger one was found elsewhere in the city. It is believed that military stores and munitions were often kept in the Sugar Loaf area and would be quickly buried or ...
    Object     Two cannonballs, one smaller and lopsided was found in a backyard on Catharine Street in Port Colborne and the other larger one was found elsewhere in the city. It is ...
  • Musket Balls- c. 1812
    Object       These five musket balls were found on Nickel beach at a home on Lakeshore Road East, Port Colborne Ontario. It is believed that during the War of 1812 many military stores and munitions were secreted or buried in haste to prevent their seizure by advancing American troops. This would most ...
    Object     These five musket balls were found on Nickel beach at a home on Lakeshore Road East, Port Colborne Ontario. It is believed that during the War of 1812 many military ...
  • Ten Pound Cannonball
    Object       A 10 pound cannonball that is believed to have been used by either American or British forces. It was found near Nelles Blvd, in Grimsby, on land belonging to Col. Robert Nelles at the time of the War of 1812. Nelles was a Lieutenant-colonel of the 4th Regiment of the ...
    Object     A 10 pound cannonball that is believed to have been used by either American or British forces. It was found near Nelles Blvd, in Grimsby, on land belonging to Col. ...
  • Cannonball- Engagement at Forty Mile Creek
    Object       A round solid iron cannonball, pitted. It is most likely from the Engagement at Forty Mile Creek on June 8, 1813.
    Object     A round solid iron cannonball, pitted. It is most likely from the Engagement at Forty Mile Creek on June 8, 1813.
  • Shot- 1812-1814
    Object       This iron fashioned ammunition was created during the War of 1812 period. It gives an insight into the appearance of military munitions during the 1812 time. Diameter: 3.2 cm
    Object     This iron fashioned ammunition was created during the War of 1812 period. It gives an insight into the appearance of military munitions during the 1812 time. Diameter: 3.2 cm
  • Cannonballs- C.1812
    Object       This set of four cannonballs were found at Gravelly Bay in Port Colborne. It is believed that the cannonballs were found here because of their proximity to Zavitz Mill. During the war, the mill would most likely have been protected with one or more cannons against possible marine attacks or ...
    Object     This set of four cannonballs were found at Gravelly Bay in Port Colborne. It is believed that the cannonballs were found here because of their proximity to Zavitz Mill. During ...
  • Cannonball- C.1800
    Object       A cannonball believed to be from the War of 1812.
    Object     A cannonball believed to be from the War of 1812.
  • Powder Horn- Dr. Cyrus Sumner
    Object       A powder horn with brass fittings at both ends. There is one brass ring remaining to which some material such as hide or leather would have been fastened for carrying purposes. At the narrow end there is also a small moveable "catch". It is believed that the powder horn was ...
    Object     A powder horn with brass fittings at both ends. There is one brass ring remaining to which some material such as hide or leather would have been fastened for carrying ...
  • Flint Striker
    Object       This iron tool was used to strike a flint to create sparks and start a fire. The arms of the tool curve inward, towards the center of the tool. The flint striker is fairly rusted.
    Object     This iron tool was used to strike a flint to create sparks and start a fire. The arms of the tool curve inward, towards the center of the tool. The ...
  • Pricker- Military Equipment
    Object       These prickers, dated 1812, were used as a screwdriver for a musket. It is “Y” shaped, with the top “V” forming the handle and the bottom arm narrowing to fit into the screw. The musket tool was used for pricking vent holes in the cartridge or for tightening jaw screws.
    Object     These prickers, dated 1812, were used as a screwdriver for a musket. It is “Y” shaped, with the top “V” forming the handle and the bottom arm narrowing to fit ...
  • Sword and Scabbard Belonging to the Musician in Captain Raunchey's Volunteers (Coloured Corps)
    Object       The sword, which is made of brass and steel, has a lion's head pommel and a curved blade. Along with its scabbard, it is believed to have belonged to the Musician in Captain Raunchey's Volunteers (Coloured Corps) in the War of 1812-1814. It is unknown when this provenance was attached ...
    Object     The sword, which is made of brass and steel, has a lion's head pommel and a curved blade. Along with its scabbard, it is believed to have belonged to the ...
  • Shot- c.1812
    Object       This iron fashioned ammunition was likely created during the War of 1812 period. It gives an insight into the appearance of military munitions during the 1812 time. Diameter: 5 cm
    Object     This iron fashioned ammunition was likely created during the War of 1812 period. It gives an insight into the appearance of military munitions during the 1812 time. Diameter: 5 cm
  • Brown Bess Musket and Ramrod- c.1812
    Objectcomment       This musket, circa 1812, is a 3rd Model “Brown Bess” 1790 with an “India Pattern” design. It was a British regulation issue flintlock musket. There are various engravings on the musket that include: “Tower” which stands for the Tower of London. This means it was most likely approved by the ...
    Objectcomment     This musket, circa 1812, is a 3rd Model “Brown Bess” 1790 with an “India Pattern” design. It was a British regulation issue flintlock musket. There are various engravings on the ...
  • Bayonet- c. 1812-1814
    Object       This triangular bladed bayonet was designed to fit on the muzzle of a rifle or musket barrel, making it into a close range weapon. This would have been on arguably every soldier’s firearm during the War of 1812-1814. Further research in 2010 shows it is a Snider bayonet with no ...
    Object     This triangular bladed bayonet was designed to fit on the muzzle of a rifle or musket barrel, making it into a close range weapon. This would have been on arguably ...
  • Cannon Loading Ramrod- c. 1812-1814
    Object       This is a wooden ramrod, circa 1812-1814, that was used by the artillery to wedge the ball into the breech of the cannon. 196 cm long and painted black.
    Object     This is a wooden ramrod, circa 1812-1814, that was used by the artillery to wedge the ball into the breech of the cannon. 196 cm long and painted black.
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