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Symbol of the Government of Canada
Royal Staff Corps officer's sabretache, circa 1820

Royal Staff Corps officer's sabretache, circa 1820

A sabretache was a leather document case and writing surface. It was worn suspended from a waist belt by mounted officers and cavalry, and was intended to make it possible to write messages and orders while mounted. Officers' sabretaches were often very elaborate. The example shown in this watercolour shows the royal cypher ('GR' for George Rex - King George IV). Between 1819 and 1834 two companies of the Royal Staff Corps were responsible for building the military canal that bypassed the Long Sault Rapids on the St. Lawrence River. (Parks Canada)