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Dueling in the French Foreign Legion, 1831

The following passage is from the reminiscences of the German writer August Jäger (also called von Schlumb). Jäger’s claim to fame is the 1835 novel Felix Schnabel oder Der deutsche Student—the semi-autobiographic tale of an aimless, drifting German fraternity student, who duels and drinks his way through many a university city, and, having failed his exams, sees his only perspective in “becoming an infantryman in the Greek Army” (where, at the time, a not inconsiderable number of German ne’er-do-wells were assisting the rebel cause)…

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Trick Shot: A two-handed thrust backwards into the thigh from the 1630’s

e0e7bd1d854ce2cae68512538c72febfSome modern martialists spend so much time arguing what the martially-minded duelist of yesteryear would have never done, it would seem that European Martial Arts, especially of the 17th and 18th centuries, was something for ultra-cautious, risk-adverse middle-aged veterans wearing leather soles on a freshly waxed floor while carrying a stack of Wedgwood china. And yet, period literature yields interesting indications that things were not what they seem…

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Big Bang Theory, 1566: The Nerd with the Golden Nose

tycho braheMaybe Cousin Manderup was “in his spot”. Maybe it was Fermat’s Next-to-Last Theorem proving that 2 + 2 = 5 ? Fact is that a squabble among freshman nerds at the theology professor’s house ended in an ugly injury that made one of the geeks almost as famous for his rhinoplasty as for his scientific discoveries… Continue reading

Follow-up: “What the hell is ‘craping’…”

Oh, the humanity!

You’d think our April Fool’s joke—selling the title and teaching privilege of “Mister of Fencing” and membership in MoFO—was such a blatantly obvious and lame joke, only a sloth would’ve missed it. But apparently, MoFO and the prerequisites of owning a foil and never having earned a competitive ranking were still too subtleContinue reading

“Are those your fingers on the ground or are you just unhappy to see me?” Smallsword fight to the death, early 18th century

Duels look so pretty on the screen and in paintings. But sometimes, the dying that was done was not quite as pretty.

Especially when two men engaged who wanted to make sure the other was carried off the field feet first… Continue reading

Family Reunion: The Kirchoffers, together again!

Nobody say that FencingClassics isn’t community minded!

After more than a century, we’re reuniting father and son Kirchoffer, famous French fencing masters from pre-Word War I Paris.

Or at least a small part of their correspondence… Continue reading

It’s official: FencingClassics painting has been positively identified!

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.

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Schläger Mensur; Germany, c. 1910-30

Rare snapshot of a Schläger Mensur



Rare snapshot of a Schläger Mensur



Most 19th- and early 20th-century photographs of Mensuren are staged. This one isn’t…

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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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Dueling Sword; France, c. 1780

Early Epee 


Early Epee


This early dueling épée is a perfect example of the transition from smallsword to épée…

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