Patriotism may be the last refuge of scoundrels. But it’s also one of the great sources of historical irony. The War of 1812 created one such irony, as far as the classical canon of fencing literature is concerned.
This one is quite complex, as indeed anything should be that manages to connect personages as diverse as a prominent member of the Boston Tea Party, Mad King George, the Hessian mercenaries—and the ubiquitous fencing master dynasty of the Angelos in a game that makes the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon look as one-dimensional as a Partridge Family reunion special… Continue reading
Posted in 18th Century, American martial arts, Antiquarian Books, fencing, Foil, Saber, Sword Fighting, Uncategorized
Tagged american swordplay, cavalry saber, henry angelo, military saber
This recently re-discovered transcript by an anonymous German noble could fill an important gap in the documentation of German fencing approaches between Paschen and Schmidt.
Under the sponsorship of the new Administration, we’re preparing a limited release of the manuscript.
Posted in 17th Century, 18th Century, Duel, fencing, fencing art, HEMA, Images, quarterstaff, rapier, smallsword, Sword Fighting, Transcriptions
Tagged alchemy, Fechtmanuskript, fencing manuscript, german swordplay, German thrust fencing, kreussler, smallsword fencing
From the late 1600’s until the first decade of the 20th century, the Kreußler method of thrust fencing dominated the use of the foil and “Rappier”. Here are four representative varieties of the weapons used…
Posted in 18th Century, 19th Century, fencing, Foil, rapier, Rapier, smallsword, Sword Fighting, Uncategorized
Tagged deutsche Stoßfechtschule, Foil, German thrust fencing, kreußler, kreussler, Rappier, Rappir
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… Continue reading
Leafing through the most recent issue of the Smithsonian magazine, tellingly titled 101 Objects that Changed America, you can admire Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers, Bell’s telephone, and the titillating tassels of the Talahassee Tassel Tosser.
(Alright, I made up the last one.)
Unfortunately, no fencer, swordsman, or whatever the appropriate term is that sectarian xiphomachophiliacs apply to their respective niche, made it into the issue.
Are there artifacts whose provenance can be traced to individual celebrities of bladed combat? Luckily, there are a few things in the Amberger Collection that can make up for that shortcoming… and perhaps, with the help of our readers, we can come up with at least a Dirty Dozen…
Posted in 18th Century, 19th Century, Saber, Uncategorized
Tagged 101 Objects, 1796 Light cavalry saber, 1796 Rules, british cavalry, cavalry, Marchant, Rules and Regulations for the cavalry, Saber
Sure, it doesn’t look like much. Sure, there’s not enough of it left to really make sure it was a blade and not a paint scraper. Sure, it could have belonged to a powder monkey…
But I can dream, can’t I?
Same time, same place. Every year in mid-March, the Maryland Arms & Armor Collectors Association puts on a monumental sales show.
Hope I’ll see you there on Saturday!
A few weeks ago, we examined Eight Dueling Épées.
Today, we noticed a variant of one of the older specimens up for auction: A cousin of “The Transitional”… Continue reading
Posted in 18th Century, 19th Century, Armory, Epee, rapier, smallsword, Weapons
Tagged auction, épée de combat, colichemarde, dueling epee, dueling sword, french epee, transitional rapier, transitional smallsword
“Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.”
Among the mountains of scrap metal that have changed hands via eBay in the past couple of years, fencing épées pre-dating the 1920’s were few and far between. Even more rare were dueling épées—true épées, that is, made for the very specific purpose of a French-style duel with thrusting weapons. We’ve picked 8 dueling épées from the Amberger Collection to check out a couple of details… Continue reading
Posted in 18th Century, 19th Century, 20th Century, Epee, Images
Tagged amberger collection, collecting swords, degen, dueling epee, duelldegen, Epee, pariser, weapons