Epee Fencers; France, c. 1890

The Grand Salut performed with epees

The Grand Salut performed with epees

 

Two French officers at the local photographer’s studio…

In the early years of photography, people still packed up their fencing equipent and trudged into the atelier of their local photographer to have themselves immortalized.

Frozen in the most eye-pleasing sequenze of the Grand Salut, the two young Frenchmen in this battered cabinet photo show off perfect form with their épées de combat.

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