Monthly Archives: March 2009

Mounted Saber; Britain, c. 1900

 

Lifeguarad vs. Dragoon

Lifeguard vs. Dragoon

Military pastimes…

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Bayonet Drill; France, c. 1910

\Hold still!

Hold still!

Beats frisbee golf any old day…

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Cavalry Saber Skills; Britain, c. 1906

Specialized Skills

Specialized Skills

No room for error…

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Wrestling; Germany, 1898

 

The grown-up version of Fingerhakeln

The grown-up version of Fingerhakeln

Alpine wrestling in Germany…

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Smallsword; Britain, c. 1800

 

Merger of the eras

Am I overdoing the "From the Darkness of Time We Came" lighting on the pics?

Battered and blackened, but still a formidable weapon…

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Foil; Germany, c. 1860

 

Copper Wire handle

Copper Wire Handle

 

A pretty foil suited for little hands…

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Rifle Drill; USA, c. 1917

Rifle butt to the head

 

Rifle butt to the head

 

Using the rifle as a close-combat weapon…

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Bayonet Fencing; France, c. 1890

Thrusting at the dummies

 

Thrusting at the dummies

 

Hand-colored French postcard…

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Épée Fencers; France, c. 1880

 

Grand Salut

Grand Salut

Not an attack to the rear…

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Schläger Mensur; Germany, c. 1910-30

Rare snapshot of a Schläger Mensur

 

 

Rare snapshot of a Schläger Mensur

 

 

Most 19th- and early 20th-century photographs of Mensuren are staged. This one isn’t…

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