Monthly Archives: January 2009

Foil master; France, c. 1870

 

Napoleon III inspired the facial hair

Napoleon III inspired the facial hair

A French master of the foil…

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Épée master; France, 1902

 

Military fencing master

Military fencing master

Posing for a cabinet card in front of a military backdrop…

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Mensursäbel; Germany; c. 1900

 

The Elvis Presley of dueling weapons

The Elvis Presley of dueling weapons

Who wouldn’t want to show up for a saber Mensur wielding a black-velvet weapon…

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Manschett-Schläger; Germany/Austria, c. 1900

 

A special variety of basket-hilt Schläger

A special variety of basket-hilt Schläger

Manschette-fencing targeted only the wrist and lower arm…

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Savate; France, c. 1910

 

La boxe française (or savate) was part of the French military's close-combat training

La boxe française (or savate) was part of the French military's close-combat training

There’s no indication at all that fire hydrants were part of the French army’s gymnastics apparatus…

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Rapier; Germany, c. 1610

Tough act to follow

Tough act to follow

 

Battered, broken and repointed…

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“Transition Rapier”; Scotland, 1687

Hope of Scotland

Hope of Scotland

Picasso he ain’t….

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Italian vs. French Foil; Britain, 1908

Italian Lunge vs. French Parry

Italian Lunge vs. French Parry

The spread of the Italian School…

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Dueling Épée; France, c. 1890

Dueling weapon with perforated guard

Dueling weapon with perforated guard

Trapping a point in a club…

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Bell-guard Schläger; Germany, c. 1870

Less than the bare minimum of protective gear

Less than the bare minimum of protective gear

The eyes follow you wherever you go…

 

 

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