19th Century Fencing Medals and Memorabilia

19th Century Fencing Medals and Memorabilia


So here we have some medals, some knights-head
pommels, we have a frame. What’s interesting here is, well lets start
from the top. The frame is interesting because we have two
crossed foils, a mask, and then on the bottom a glove, which was a very popular motif and
you could buy these frames in so many different shapes and sizes, some rather large. I like this particular one, I do have a pair
of them, but I like them because they are specifically made so they could have a photograph
of someone standing in them. Then we have the pommels. If you get up very close you can really see
the detail. The one on the left that is blackened is probably
one of the best examples of this, probably from the 1880s or so because the pommel is
so crisp, the decoration is so deep. Even though its black you can see every single
detail, whereas the other one is maybe from the twenties or thirties and is already loosing
that amount of detail put into it. They would have both been mass produced, which
is what’s interesting, the difference in quality. Then we have these medals, and these medals
were made by, were designed by various artists of the time, and some very important artists
of the time. So these medals were designed to be commemorative,
they were designed as awards, but interestingly they were also designed as collectibles. People would just buy them and all of these
here have no writing on the back where they would have been commemorating an event, an
assault, some type of tournament, but all these are blank because these were specifically
bought as examples, actually, of art. And then we have here a guard. I just aesthetically like the design of the
guard. I practically would not use a guard with this
type of decoration, but aesthetically its very interesting. This guard is here because it is nickel plated
and the nickel plating is almost pristine on it, which interestingly enough it came
just like that. It was just the guard, there was nothing else. There were no other parts. But it is an example of the quality of the
work that was still being done in the late 19th century.

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