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Dueling Tactics: How to scam a break during an épée duel

Based on the historical record, a duel with sharp épées was an unpleasant affair. Chances were that three feet of needle-pointed steel might transport you from the terrain to the Happy Hunting Grounds with considerable pain and suffering.

So who’re you to judge the little “trucs” that might get you a breather during your affair of honor… Continue reading

Weapons: Eight Dueling Épées

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

Fechtschule; Germany, 18th ct.

Plenty of action

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Épées; France, c. 1890

 

Rare French épées with circular bronze guards

Rare French épées with circular bronze guards

Rattling the point of the opponent…

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Épée Fencers; France, c. 1880

 

Grand Salut

Grand Salut

Not an attack to the rear…

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French Épée Gallery

Ready for bouting

Ready for bouting

Military fencing master

Military fencing master

Marseillais Maitre

Marseillais Maitre

 Épée gear and fencers…

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Épée Fencer; France, c. 1900

 

Ready for bouting

Ready for bouting

Young French fencer…

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Épée Duel; Italy, 1903

 

He did get some satisfaction

He did get some satisfaction

This Italian postcard was mailed in 1903 in Torino, Italy…

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Épée master; France, 1902

 

Military fencing master

Military fencing master

Posing for a cabinet card in front of a military backdrop…

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Dueling Épée; France, c. 1890

Dueling weapon with perforated guard

Dueling weapon with perforated guard

Trapping a point in a club…

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