French Leather Backswording Guard

An Unusual French Leather Backswording Guard the interior marked with a Red Napoleonic ‘N’
Late 18th Century
Size: 15cm dia. (max) 12cm high – 6 ins dia. (max) 4¾ ins high
A backsword is a single-edged metal sword, but as steel was very expensive, and could be lethal, provincial contests were often fought with a stout stick. Backswording was used as practice for either fencing or swordsmanship. A straight ash or oak ‘cudgel’ was placed through and held in a protective leather guard by the hand. To win a game one had to score a ‘blood’, which was to produce a one-inch long trickle of blood from a point above your opponents’ eyeline. Contestants were constantly looking for an opening to get under their opponents guard and then when they did, striking hard to make their mark.

French Leather Backswording Guard

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