British Handkerchief Cutter, 19th Century
19th century Wilkinson Handkerchief cutter sword with shagreen grip and an un-associated scabbard, 100 cm in length.
Used in The Great Handkerchief Wars. Also used for sword feats to demonstrate cutting skill and blade sharpness. Sword feats were often incorporated into a larger “Assault of Arms” which would also feature fencing with various swords, singlesticks, and bayonets.
British Military Swordsmanship on Foot, 1796-1821
Check out this incredible image by Nick Thomas of the Academy of Historical Fencing!
Nick says of the image;
“I’d like to see these weapons seen more as the family they are, and so here is a composite image created entirely from contemporary artwork of the period.”
“Madame Cigali the Famous Female Fencer from Rome at Henry Angelo’s Fencing Academy” Undated, by Thomas Rowlandson.
Rowlandson was evidently intrigued by the idea of a man and woman fencing as he drew at least five such studies. One in the Dent collection depicted Henry Angelo and `Madame Cain’. `Madame Culloni and Mons. Renault’ in Paris is recorded in the Dent Collection with another version in the Yale Center for British Art. Another, of `Madame Kelu famous Fencer Native of Italy 1816’ was sold at Sotheby’s on 22nd March 1979, lot 57.“ Source: Guy Peppiatt Fine Art