Two 19th Century French Duelling Swords. These duelling swords or foils are of typical late-19th Century and possibly early 20th Century origin and comprise long hand grips bound with metal twistwire and with brass tubular pommels. The blades are of squared and graduated profile. They are both heavily impressed with maker marks to the blade. The twin oval guards are made from iron. Looks like one of the foils has a shortened blade – assume that use over time this has caused the blade to break – they would still make an attractive display piece. Condition is generally good. Blade length for the two swords are 24 inches (32 inches overall) and 30.5 inches (38 inches overall). Fencing became extremely popular in Europe towards the end of the 19th Century, particularly England, France and Germany, and there were many private fencing clubs for gentleman. The military of these countries also took a great interest in fencing and the training of officers and soldiers and the British Army produced a series of pattern Gymnasium swords up until 1907.
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