Welcome to FencingClassics! This blog site is devoted to showcasing historic fencing and dueling through period images, art, and artifacts through the ages.
But before you start surfing this fencing history site, let me introduce myself.
My name is J. Christoph Amberger. I have been an active fencer since 1984, have practiced and competed in foil, saber and épée, as well as the German basket-hilt and bell-guard Schläger. And of course, I have the usual smattering of Asian martial arts… a bit of taek-won-do, arnis & escrima, as well as Tomiki aikido and aiki jo and -bokken.
I started collecting fencing-related literature, images, art, and weapons in the early 1990’s. The Amberger Collection now contains over 2,500 historic items, some of which I invite you to enjoy on this site.
An early synopsis of my research was published a good ten years ago, in my book The Secret History of the Sword: Adventures in Ancient Martial Arts. Since I stopped publishing my own fencing history newsletter, Hammerterz Forum (1994-2000), I have been contributing to Nick Evangelista’s Fencers Quarterly Magazine, Einst & Jetzt, as well as Cultura Martialis.
Since I write both in English and German, I’ll be uploading stuff primarily in the language I wrote it in originally, bothering with translations later. In case you feel so inclined, you’re welcome to practice bilinguality by supplying your own translations in the comments. (Why should I have all the fun?)
This site is devoted to providing fans and aficionados of fencing and dueling with a reason to go online daily and see some rare historic images of fencing scenes, duels, practice bouts, and weapons. There’ll be foils, épées, sabers, broadswords, singlesticks, quarterstaffs, Schläger, Säbel, bayonets, gear, masks, helmets… in old photographs, postcards, cabinet cards, prints, copperplates, woodcuts and what have you.
All of it is free… and yours to enjoy.
In accordance with the roots of historical European martial arts, there’ll also be plenty of wrestling images… no WWF stuff, of course, but images of historic wrestling traditions from Britain, Germany, France… all pre-dating World War II.
Please feel free to comment on the postings to point out errors and omissions: Most of the pictures have preciously little to exactly date and describe them but for the expertise of the fencing community!
All images on this site, unless otherwise noted, are the property of J. Christoph Amberger and the Amberger Collection. All rights are reserved.
But: You are welcome to use any of them for private and non-commercial use without permission, as long as you include “Amberger Collection” in the credits