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…

 

 

An early if staged photograph of a Mensur using bell-guard Schläger: Two young German students from unidentified fraternities face off, with only half-high cuffs (Stulpen) to protect their lower arms. The eyes of the men have been provided with India-ink pupils, which apparently made the image eminently suitable for display.

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