The Sword

Picture of Sergeant-at-Arms Sword used from 1867 to 1924

Sword carried by Ontario's first Sergeant-at-Arms, Frederick Glackmeyer, from 1867 to 1924.

The historic role of the Sergeant-at-Arms reaches back to medieval times. Originally a guardian to the royal court, the role evolved to that of ceremonially protecting the Speaker and Members of Parliament. The ceremonial sword worn today by Ontario’s Sergeant-at-Arms symbolizes justice, authority, honour and tradition. Although a newer sword is part of the uniform today, the sword introduced at the time of Confederation is on display today in the Legislative Building lobby.