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Last Blood: The grave of the last German student killed in a thrust duel

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The last German student to die as a result of a duel using thrusting swords—not unlike the French épée de combat—was the young jurist Adolph Erdmannsdörffer.

Buried in the village cemetery at Wöllnitz, now integrated into the Thuringia town of Jena, his grave marker recalls him as “das letzte Opfer der Stoßmensur” (the last victim of the thrust Mensur).

The worst part: It was his own fault.

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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

Academic Thrust Fencing; Germany, c. 1820-40

 

Stammbuchblatt: Stoßfechten among German students

Stammbuchblatt: Stoßfechten among German students

Images of German students engaging in thrust fencing are rare…

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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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