Granted, it’s been a while since I’ve made it to a Historical Sword-Fighting event…
This time around, I have no excuse not to go: Victor Markland has organized what is shaping up to be a great event right down the road from my club…
The American Smallsword Symposium will be taking place from April 25 – April 26, 2015 in the stylish halls of the Towson Dance Studio, 9486 Deereco Rd, Timonium, Maryland 21093. Instructors are coming from far and wide—including Milo Thurston and Ian Macintyre from Edinburgh, and Mark Donnelly. Classes cover the various approaches as taught by William Hope, Girard, and St. Martin.
I’ll be joining the fun and games on April 26, for a show & tell—yes, I will be hauling in some scrap metal to document the metamorphosis of the smallsword into the épée de combat with some choice pieces… including the earliest dated épée, a weapon awarded to a fencer by the Angelo School of Fencing, a leather-hilted foil issued by the Roland school of fencing in Edinburgh around 1820, and an extremely rare Kreusslerian foil.
But perhaps of most interest may be some original manuals from the Amberger Collection armored vault, including a copy of Angelo’s School of Fencing signed by Henry Angelo, an original or two of William Hope, a Danet, Olivier, L’Abbat, etc.. (Let me know if you have special requests, chances are I may be able to bring whatever original you may want to see.)
Then I will slink into my reprobate white fencing gear and try my hand at the SmallSword Tournament. Quite frankly, I’m eager to win one of the Prizes—the Benjamin Arms foil to the left… or even the Joel Mason smallsword above!
Hope to see lots of SHotS regulars in Timonium! Click here for more information and to sign up!