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Combative celebrity: The 1796 Rules and Regulations

marchant 1796 Rules and RegulationsLeafing 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…

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Lance practice; Austro-Hungary, c. 1905

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Cavalry sword; France, 1908

This French postcard (postmarked in 1908) clearly demonstrates the drawback of large-movement cuts! Continue reading

Cavalry Saber; USA, c. 1862

Two Union soldiers playing with sowrds

 

 

Two Union soldiers playing with swords

 

 

Playing at the studio…

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