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Cash and Carry: Why fencing masters prefer payment in advance since 1815

The Fashionable Debtor: Le maitre can’t believe it!
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The Franco-German Pragmatist: Johann Schalch’s ExercierBüchlein provides a glimpse at utilitarian swordsmanship around 1680

A recent find supplements our understanding of late 17th-century fencing practice in the Franco-Germanic cultural sphere.

—by J. Christoph Amberger

The identity of the author, Lieut. Johann(es) Schalch, remains elusive: While he may be related to the 18th-century Swiss painter by the same name, thus far, no additional biographical information has been located to properly place him in a more detailed historical context.

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Epee fencing; France, 1908

This puts the "eh la!" into élan

 

 

 

This puts the "eh la!" into élan

 

 

 

 

 

 

Neither the place nor the time for becoming unbalanced…

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Epee master; France, 1899

Marseillais Maitre

 

Marseillais Maitre

 

Not an imposing figure, but…

 

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Epee Lesson by Louis Anquetin; France, c. 1890

Nice to see artists taking an interest...   

Nice to see artists taking an interest…

Bet they don’t have that at the Louvre…

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Foil Fencers; France, 1904

Maitre Kirchoffer in Action

Maitre Kirchhoffer in Action

Two French foil maters demonstrating a corps-a-corps…

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Epee; France, c. 1880

Greek Helmet Pommel

Greek Helmet Pommel

Never mind classic technique… but épées sure used to look nicer…

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Foil fencing; France, c. 1910

 

An exhibition match

An exhibition match

According to modern mythology, fencing matches drew large crowds before electrical scoring was introduced…

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Baton; France, 1929

Salute before a match at staff

Salute before a match at staff

The staff fencing of the Compagnons appear to have survived until the 1920’s…

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