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Weapons: The Subtlety of the Modern Sports Sabers

Collectors of modern sports weapons face a bit of a dilemma. It’s almost impossible to tell a piece of recent scrap metal found in the back of the club armory from a weapon with at least budding historical value.

Luckily, some old fencing equipment catalogs provide a clue at dating and contextual placement. Like the 1938 catalog of Vince Fencing Equipment, Inc., which provides some clues to early sports sabers… Continue reading

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“La schiabola e la vostra penna”: The Expansion of the Italian Saber

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?

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Saber fencers; Italy, 1897

Student and teacher

Student and teacher

“To my dear Uncle and Auntie…”

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Saber fencing; Hungary, c. 1910

 

Hungarian officers fencing saber

Hungarian officers fencing saber

Italian-style competitive saber fencing had supplanted even the Austro-Hungarian saber schools before World War I.

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