Museum Closure

The New-York Historical Society will close at 3pm on November 26 and remain closed through November 27. For details, please visit our calendar.

Fencing foil

Fencing foil
Fencing foil
ca. 1840
Steel, brass, wood, twine, leather, gilding
Overall: 41 x 4 x 2 3/4 in. ( 104.1 x 10.2 x 7 cm )
Fencing foil with narrow, evenly tapered rectangular blade with ball tip; biloded gilded brass counter-guard with leather lining and pieces of armor and weaponry incorporated into openwork design; rectangular wooden grip wound with twine and covered in leather, then wrapped with twisted wire; gilded brass pommel in the form of a conventionalized helmet.
Credit Line 
Bequest of Henry A. Ogden
Object Number 
stamped: on one side of blade: "COULAUX & CIE", "4", and mark consisting of an axis with "K" inside a diamond shape at center and a crown at either end stamped: on opposite side of blade: "KLINGENTHAL", a crown, and two impressions of the mark described above (one very faint)
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group