Singlestick; USA, 1914

Hickory vs. Hickory

Hickory vs. Hickory


Singlestick practice in Brownsville, Texas…

This 1914 postcard from boot camp in Brownsville, Texas, depicts young cadets training with wooden sabers made from hickory and leather guards. Compared to their antecedents in the British and U.S. Navies, their gear seems functional and reasonably complete. The absence of kneepads indicates that leg cuts were no longer used.

The masks have additional external padding around the crown, made from duck or heavy canvas. Since masks tend to be quite sturdy, I believe this was done to keep the wooden blades from being damaged by the metal wire mesh.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s