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Advertisement for fencing instruction at Salle d'Armes Vince located at 247 Park Avenue, New York, NY, USA.

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French postcard depicting a fencing school, likely École Spéciale Militaire de Saint-Cyr due to the "Infanterie" title and the uniforms worn by two of the men in the image, particularly the red pants which were worn by students and graduates of…

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Bifold catalog of fencing equipment including illustrations of weapons, protective equipment, and accessories. Complete price list for all products and components on rear cover.

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Salle d'Armes Vince application and tuition rates for fencing lessons once or twice a week for one, three, and nine month durations, as well as for private coaching and special classes.

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Illustration preceding the almanac entry "Duel en Salle d'Armes" in the chapter "Mai" depicting Louis Ringal, seated and in uniform awaiting his lesson with Maitre Vigeant, with Octave de Bancas entering the salle.

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Louis Mérignac, born 1846, was the eldest son of Maître d'Armes François Mérignac. Louis was not always a fencer, however. He first tried sculpting, though inevitably his father all but obliged Louis to put foil in hand. Despite his initial apathy to…

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Plate depicting the fencing room, or salle d'armes, of Monsieur Edmond Blanc. The accompanying text, translated from the original French, describes the room: "One of the most artistic fencing rooms is the one that Mr. Edmond Blanc had installed on…

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Plate depicting the private home fencing salle of Monsieur Laroze.

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Ernest Molier founded Cirque Molier in 1880 which operated until his death in 1933. The circus was popular in Parisien society and featured clowns, mimes, and gymnastics, though was particularly devoted to the horsemanship. Monsieur Molier was also…

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Frontispiece to "A Travers les Salles d'Armes" depicting the home of fencing master Arsène Vigeant. Vigeant was an avid collector of fencing art and published a catalog of his collection in 1892 titled "Ma Collection d'Escrime".

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Salle d'Armes Cain was founded by Gatechair, veteran of the First Empire and former president of l'Academie d'Armes. The salle was located on the passageway to the Opéra Le Peletier, site of Felice Orsini's January 14, 1858 assassination attempt of…

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The Cercle des Mirlitons was a society or club of fencers, 125 strong, composed primarily of artists, the most famous being Charles Auguste Émile Durand.  The name "Mirlitons" could be in reference to the eunuch flute, a French woodwind instrument…

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Salle d'Arms du Figaro was established in a vacant first floor room of the Parisian Le Figaro newspaper with the keen permission of Hippolyte de Villemessant, Le Figaro's patron. The journalists, editors, clerks, and cashiers desired a salle…

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Mimiague le Bearnais was a pupil of Jean-Louis, an artillery regiment's maître d'armes, and, at some time, in the Zouaves. Mimiague founded his salle d'armes on Rue Richelieu in 1862. Upon Mimiague's death in 1883 the salle relocated to Rue du…

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Salle Rouleau was located on the first floor of a hotel and featured high ceilings, "old-style" woodwork, and a collection of arms donated by Nicholas Maximilianovich de Beauharnais, Duke of Leuchtenberg. The salle was founded by Maître d'Armes Pons…

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The first French Academie d'Armes was founded and protected by Charles IX (b. 1550 d. 1574) and was abolished in 1789. The new Acadamie d'Armes pictured here was founded in 1887 and composed of twenty-two of the most prominent fencing masters of…

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1955 Castello Fencing Equipment catalog including prices and illustrations for weapons, protective equipment, accessories, and awards.

Three loose-leaf inserts found with the catalog include a March 1956 price list and a mail-in ordering form with…

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1939 Castello Fencing Equipment catalog including prices and illustrations for weapons, protective equipment, accessories, and awards.

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Front page of May 22, 1886 Harper's Weekly with illustration drawn by "T de Thulstrup" of a mounted sword contest in San Francisco. Volume 30, number 1535. The illustration depicts two fencers with sabres on horseback with the Telegraph Hill…

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This doublet is a rare example of sixteenth-century male clothing, very little of which has survived. The cut of the doublet, particularly the protruding "peascod" waist, is typical of fashionable costume of the 1570s and 1580s. The delicate silk…


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