Tag Archives: Smallsword

McArthur’s 1780 Manuscript Transcribed

Jamson and Crawley have teamed up to transcribe and digitally present a legible edition to McArthur’s 1780 smallsword manual.  Crawley states, “McArthur is the most accessible smallsword treatise for starting out yet the least available” so he and Jamson have … Continue reading

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Rococo smallsword with foliate and spiral motifs, ca. 1755

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Angelo’s Plates I-XV from Escrime in the Encyclopédie, 1765

Domenico Angelo rocked the fencing world.  He was an Italian trained in France, appointed as Royal Fencing Instructor by George II where trained the future King, George III, in escrime.  In 1763, working with artist Gwyn Delin, he published L’Ecole … Continue reading

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Evolution of Straight Form Swords

The fast and agile smallsword, also known as  the court sword, is the culmination of a long and rich history. To view the smallsword’s development in context, explore our timeline.

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William H. Harrison’s Smallsword

William Henry Harrison, the 9th President of the United States, served only 31 days before dying of pneumonia in 1841.  Harrison’s portrait, painted by Rembrandt Peale, originally depicted Harrison in civilian clothes (painted after 1800).  However, after Harrison’s success in … Continue reading

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Angelo on Elasticity and Recovery

You ought to practice not only to make your thrusts with great quickness and vivacity, but also to deliver them with an elastic disengagement and disposition; and the motion of the body should appear like divers [sic] springs throughout the … Continue reading

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Hope’s New Method vs Common Method

Smallsword assault featuring Hope’s New Method versus the Common Method, 2014.

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