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
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
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!
Collectors of modern sports weapons face a bit of a dilemma. It’s almost impossible to tell a piece of recent scrap metal found in the back of the club armory from a weapon with at least budding historical value.
Luckily, some old fencing equipment catalogs provide a clue at dating and contextual placement. Like the 1938 catalog of Vince Fencing Equipment, Inc., which provides some clues to early sports sabers… Continue reading
Posted in 20th Century, Armory, fencing, Saber, Weapons
Tagged amberger collection, fencing, Garcia v. Joseph Vince Co. (1978) 84 Cal.App.3d 868, Italian saber, joseph vince, old fencing weapons, sport saber
Since we just reviewed and edited this posting and still have one more article on Italian-style sports saber in the pipeline, we’ve decided to make this “Eye-talian Saber Week” at SHotS Fencing Classics…
Posted in 19th Century, fencing, Saber
Tagged gaugler, leg cut, parise, pecoraro, pessina, radaelli, saber fencing, sciabola, Science of fencing, scuola magistrale, slipping the leg
Group class vs. individual lesson?
The armed and police forces of the world had their choices made for them by virtue of the very number of recruits needing instruction.
But how did they get them to look good from a distance…
Posted in 20th Century, Fencers Magazine, fencing, fencing art, Fencing in the News, Saber
Tagged amberger collection, fencing choreography, italian saber fencing, Saber, saber fencing Italian police force, sciabola
The purpose of this site is not just to make you spend hours on end surfing and downloading free pics we paid an arm and a leg for to acquire.
Our mission is to discover to you the true Secrets of the Sword.
Revealed today: How did cavalry troopers make sure their blades had a perfect edge? Continue reading
We’ve received a number of questions regarding the American “War of 1812” saber we described in a previous posting.
Several inquiries touched on the valuation of a weapon like this.
We dug up a few references… Continue reading
For Americans, the year 2012 marks the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812.
What kind of edged-weapons gear and literature can we dig up from this period? Continue reading
We’re reprehensibly behind in our reading—and in the writing of reviews. And we apologize for the unhappy circumstance that Christopher Holzman’s recent Art of the Dueling Sabre may have eluded your Christmas list due to our negligence.
That’s why we hasten to make amends… Continue reading