A 1890 Ontario Rifle Association Shooting Medal
A 1890 Ontario Rifle Association Shooting Medal - Silver, 39 mm, obverse has an infantryman in firing position surrounded by a wreath and surmounted by a beaver, reverse inscribed "PRESENTED BY THE ONTARIO RIFLE ASSOCIATION" and "IN PACE PARATUS 1812-37-66", very crisp detail, high relief, raised rim, extremely fine. Footnote: The Ontario Rifle Association was formed in 1868 under the umbrella of the Dominion of Canada Rifle Association, to provide civilians with the opportunity to practice and improve their marksmanship, in support of the Defense of Canada. With a history of over 140 years, the Ontario Rifle Association today offers shooters many varied opportunities to shoot, catering to shooters of all levels, from beginner to world class marksmanship. Also, the dates on the medals reverse refer to the War of 1812 (1812), the Upper Canada Rebellion (1837) and the Fenian Raid (1866), prompting the formation of this Association.