Tag Archives: 18th Century

Restored: H. Angelo’s Print — Highland Broad Sword, 1799

A beautifully restored version of Henry Angelo’s print illustrated by Thomas Rowlandson, The Manual and the Ten Divisions of the Highland Broad Sword (1799) has been posted to the web without indication of who did the restoration work — and … Continue reading

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A Disarme in Cart

Since CCF members have been working on disarms, I thought this plate from The Art of Fencing (1730) would be of interest. All of the plates (scans courtesy of Eli Steenput) can be viewed at SmallswordProject.com Art of Fencing Represented … Continue reading

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4th of July

Reminder: due to Independence Day, our Saturday July 4th practice is cancelled.  We will resume our regular schedule on Thursday, July 9th. Given the occasion, here is some related artwork of historic American fencing weapons and accoutrements. They are drawings of one of Washington’s … Continue reading

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Blackwell on Passion

Henry Blackwell had advice for the fencer about passion and presence of mind. Though he said it in 1702, it seems very appropriate when facing an adversary today.E

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The Cavé in French Swordsmanship

French fencing masters wrote about the cavé (pronounced cahv-ay) as a distinct fencing action. In French, caver means to cave in or collapse. The cavé thus described how a fencer would change or position his wrist or body to create a sharp angle—“caving in” from, … Continue reading

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