The last German student to die as a result of a duel using thrusting swords—not unlike the French épée de combat—was the young jurist Adolph Erdmannsdörffer.
Buried in the village cemetery at Wöllnitz, now integrated into the Thuringia town of Jena, his grave marker recalls him as “das letzte Opfer der Stoßmensur” (the last victim of the thrust Mensur).
The worst part: It was his own fault.
The Irish beat each other with shilelaghs, the English drew blood with singlesticks and quarterstaves, the French wielded canne and baton. The Portuguese still play at jogo de pao and the Italians had the bastone. The Germans, however, showed no interest in wooden weapons, at least after the Fechtschul traditions of dussack and assorted staff weapons (most of which with a blade of one kind or another) had disappeared. How come? Continue reading
Posted in 19th Century, fencing, Schläger, Stick Fighting, Weapons
Tagged baston, bastone, cut fencing, georg venturini, hiebfechten, j christoph amberger, la cane, shilelagh, stick fighting, stock fechten
The German novelist and poet Wilhelm Hauff (1802—1827) is more famous for his fairy tales than for his novels. Unreasonably so, because his Memoiren des Satan alone are better written and more enjoyable than all the semi-competent writage they throw at German literature students in college these days.
Hauff studied philosophy and theology at Tübingen. In 1826, he wrote Mitteilungen aus den Memoiren des Satan (Memoirs of Beelzebub), in which he works in some of the fencing activities of his brother, a member of the Tübinger Burschenschaft.
For the connoisseur of Gedecktes Hiebfechten, this is a rare monument of armament and strategy of the early Mensur… Continue reading
Posted in 19th Century, Duel, fencing, Library, Schläger
Tagged Biedermeier Mensur, memoiren des satan, memoirs of satan, mensur, Schläger, tübingen mensur, wilhelm hauff
Who’d possibly want a matched set of tin figures staging a Biedermeier-era Mensur?
Err… yes, who indeed. Possibly the same kind of person who has a sextett of Spelter and bronze fencing figurines staring at his desk?
This one we haven’t acquired—yet. But would accept it from our Leibbursch any time. Continue reading
The expansive basket of the Mensur-Korbschläger not only protects head and hand of the fencer. In some cases, it served as a record of Mensuren fought. Like this 1844 weapon… Continue reading
Over at Deutsche Hiebfechtkunst, we’re compiling a repository of cinematic evidence regarding the various methods of European Cut Fencing. Check it out—and point out more to us!
Click right here!
Posted in 19th Century, 20th Century, fencing, Saber, Schläger, singlestick
Tagged cut fencing, fencing, glockenschläger, Hanns Heinz Ewesr, heavy saber, hiebfechten, Horst Wessel, korbschläger, mensur, saber fencing, sabre, säbel, Student von Prag, Terrone
For non-competition oriented forms of Central European cut fencing, this was the beginning of the end: Starting in the 1870’s, a diaspora of Italian fencing masters managed to displace, and then obliterate, traditional European cut fencing systems.
How, who, and why?
Read on! Continue reading
Posted in 19th Century, fencing, Foil, Saber, Schläger
Tagged barbasetti, Italian saber, magrini, parise, pavese, pessina, radalli, Saber, säbel, sciabola, sestini
geb. Jena, 27. Juni 1843; gest. Leipzig, 20. Mai 1913
von Oskar Roux
Kaum hatte Ludwig Roux das Zenker’sche Institut in Jena absolviert, so unterrichtete ihn sein Vater in der Führung aller blanken Waffen sowie im Jagdrevierdienste. Am 18. September 1863 wurde er von der Jenenser Universität zum Adjunkten (vorfechter) bei seinem Vater bestellt, allerdings ohne Gehalt und ohne Aussicht auf spätere Anstellung in Jena. Zum 11. März 1865 berief man ihn als Universitätsfechtmeister nach Leipzig. Continue reading
FencingClassics members were among the first to see this up-to-now unknown early work of German Romantic genre painter Carl Wilhelm Hübner surface from oblivion. Now it’s official: It’s indeed a Hübner. And a great re-discovery!.
by J. Christoph Amberger
Baltimore, MD— An unknown painting from the formative period of the German Romantic painter Carl Wilhelm Hübner was recently discovered in the art collection of a private fencing history archive in Baltimore, Maryland.
The oil painting measures 46.5 cm by 60.5 cm and depicts a pair of fencers in the costumes of the early 19th century.
Posted in 19th Century, fencing, Schläger
Tagged amberger, burschenschaft, carl wilhelm hübner, duel, escrime, fechten, fencing, german painting, mensur
All those long and lonely summer nights…
(Click to enlarge!)
Posted in 19th Century, Schläger
Tagged Corps Brunsviga, Corps hannovera, cut fencing, escrime, esgrima, fechten, göttingen, hiebfeshcten, mensur, mensurschläger, Schläger, schlägerfechten