Practice Gear for Schläger; Germany c. 1880

The proper Pauk-outfit

The proper Pauk-outfit

Surrounded by the right equipment…

Judging by the exceptionally youthful looks of this 19th-century German boy, he may have been a member in a Pennälerverbindung (high school fraternity), the little brother of a fraternity member, or the son of a fencing instructor. (The cap might not be associated with a fraternal organization but merely be a Schülermütze, worn to denote his grade at Gymnasium.)

He is posing with a practice Korbschläger, with two more weapons crossed at his feet. He wears the full Pauk equipment: Padded armguard with attached glove and Plastron. The required helmets are arranged on the floor. 

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