19th century mask repros?

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19th century mask repros?

Postby knirirr » 27 Sep 2018 15:57

This mask is an original:

https://fr.empirecostume.com/ensemble-v ... a10600.htm

I wonder if anyone makes modern repros like this; with a decent mesh in it should be safe enough to use for fencing demonstrations in period clothing where one might not want to trust an original, assuming one can find one in good condition.
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Re: 19th century mask repros?

Postby Thearos » 04 Oct 2018 23:54

Forgive me for intruding. How interesting that it doesn't have a bib, wide mesh, and a curious fixation system. Is this what a fencing mask looks like in the C19th ?

A quick look at gallica.fr shows a company of "grillageurs", Varnier
https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/bpt6k65556027/f47.image.r=%22Masques%20d'escrime%22,

i.e specializing in mesh-making, also producing fencing masks (L'avenir industriel, 1860, p. 41)
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Postby Ulrich von L...n » 05 Oct 2018 07:32

Is this what a fencing mask looks like in the C19th ?


The evolution of fencing mask.
download/file.php?id=1495

The first two masks:

1765
Domenico Angelo, “Escrime”, published in Volume 21 of L’Encyclopedie (1765) of Diderot and D’Alembert, Plate XV, Fig. 52.

1782
Alexandre Picard Brémond. Traité en Raccourci sur l’Art des Armes (Turin: 1782)

At the moment I can't pinpoint an exact date to the last three variants. The mask mentioned by Knirirr is the sixth variant:
https://fr.empirecostume.com/images/1500/-30223.jpg

It has integrated the features of last 3 variants:
- the protection of the top of the head (4th variant)
- ear protection (5th variant).
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Re: 19th century mask repros?

Postby Thearos » 06 Oct 2018 02:39

Mesh masks in the late eighteenth century already !
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