Fencing Loft; Germany, c. 1820


University Fencing Loft

University Fencing Loft

Scene from a German fencing loft in the 19th century…


I’m much indebted to Winfried Becker that this rare oil painting by German painter Carl Wilhelm Hübner (1814-1879)  ended up in my collection. It depicts a practice bout with bell-guard Schlägers (Glockenschläger) taking place in the first decade and a half of the 19th century. The men are attired in the garbs associated with students during the Napoleonic Wars. The painting probably originated in the 185o’s.

In the background, foils and more bell-guard Schläger grace the wall.



Nice rack!

Nice rack!


One response to “Fencing Loft; Germany, c. 1820

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