Vintage fencing togs...for me! I learned to fence at age 7 with an Italian foil. When I got to be a teenager, this was pretty much what I wore for competitions. I had to wear knee-socks & the pants were a bit tighter.

Vintage fencing togs...for me! I learned to fence at age 7 with an Italian foil. When I got to be a teenager, this was pretty much what I wore for competitions. I had to wear knee-socks & the pants were a bit tighter.

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Photograph of two women fencing  from Lady’s Realm Magazine, Volume XII, 1902
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The English term fencing, is in the sense of "the action or art of using the sword scientifically".

The English term fencing, is in the sense of "the action or art of using the sword scientifically".

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Salute Chief Movements Women's Fencing Vintage 1920s Photogravure Athletic Chart To Frame. $30.89, via Etsy.

Salute Chief Movements Women's Fencing Vintage 1920s Photogravure Athletic Chart To Frame. $30.89, via Etsy.

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Olympics womens fencing  Go fencing! Accomplished January 27, 2014 hopefully I can go again soon!

Olympics womens fencing Go fencing! Accomplished January 27, 2014 hopefully I can go again soon!

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Historical looking image on the main school page of "Salle Saint-George." Traditional French foil school.

Historical looking image on the main school page of "Salle Saint-George." Traditional French foil school.

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This drawing appeared in the New Zealand Graphic in 1891, although it seems unlikely that fencing classes for women were being held in New Zealand at the time. The Graphic used the picture to illustrate women’s increasing interest in sport, suggesting that this had influenced women’s clothing. Should women have wanted to fence, the shorter, narrower skirt shown here would certainly have helped, as would the lack of a bustle (worn by the woman on the far right).

This drawing appeared in the New Zealand Graphic in 1891, although it seems unlikely that fencing classes for women were being held in New Zealand at the time. The Graphic used the picture to illustrate women’s increasing interest in sport, suggesting that this had influenced women’s clothing. Should women have wanted to fence, the shorter, narrower skirt shown here would certainly have helped, as would the lack of a bustle (worn by the woman on the far right).

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