Bridging Arts

Monday, 19 January 2015

Duelling scars

Duelling scars might seem light years away from needlework and embroidery - but perhaps something connects them. The stitching together of the gash perhaps .... the pattern carved on the face.

Until this week during my reading about the Warsaw Uprising... .I had no idea about the significance of duelling scars. Then after several hundred pages and repeated mentions of  heavily scarred faces, I looked it up.
Duelling scars were the body branding of choice at the start of the 20th century: very much in vogue.
Aristocratic Prussians for much of the 19th and early 20th century fenced.
Scars earned in fencing contests - sited always on one side of the face so that the other remained perfect in profile - were a badge of honour.
Who knew?