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French Fencing Mask, circa 1860

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About This is an original vintage fencing mask from France. The main body is a steel frame with wire meshing and fabric padding. The padding is held onto the body of the mask by wrapping around the wire. The piece has retained most of its original finish and is in good condition with appropriate patina for its age. The fabric is fragile and is missing in parts. Creator: Unknown. Date of manufacture: circa 1860 Materials and techniques: Steel, mesh, fabric. Condition: Good. Wear consistent with age and use. Dimensions: H 14 in. W 8 in. D 8.5 in. History As a preparation for armed combat, fencing is as old as the sword itself. Even as a sport it has a surprisingly long history - ancient Egyptian temple paintings show fencing bouts over 3000 years ago using sticks, a recreation that continues unbroken to this day in upper Egypt. In the late 1700s, a change was motivated after several unskilled students reportedly wounded their fencing masters in the eye. Due to these successive injuries, the French fencing master Nicolas B. Texier La Boëssière invented the first wire-mesh fencing mask.

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  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses.
  • Dimensions
    H 15 in. x W 8 in. x D 8.5 in.H 38.1 cm x W 20.32 cm x D 21.59 cm
  • Seller Location
    San Francisco, CA
  • Reference Number
    LU1280212821772
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