German Two-Hand Processional Sword
- Dated: late 16th Century
- Measurements: 128.5cm; 50 5/8in blade
The sword has a double-edged wavy blade widening towards the tip, a rectangular ricasso formed with a pair of crescentic lugs, one of them struck with a mark perhaps the letters WPM arranged vertically. Within a shaped recess retaining an early tooled leather covering over the greater part of the ricasso, there a chiselled iron hilt decorated with scrolls comprising slightly down-curved quillons with monsterhead terminals. Issuant with tight scrolling finials and a pair of additional tight scrolls behind inner and outer ring-guard each filled comes with an acanthus leaf flanked by scrolls en suite with the quillons. It has an ovoid pommel chiselled with acanthus leaves and early moulded wooden grip covered with leather over string.
Source & Copyright: Thomas Del Mar
Transitional Rapier Sword
- Dated: late 17th century
- Measurements: overall length 107cm
Probably Russian, the writhen brass hilt elements originally silvered, feature a large guard and rings with broad rectangular ecusson. The grip comes with copper wire wrap and turksheads intact. Continuously tapering blade of flattened diamond section with short fullers at the forte marked TOMAS AIALIA [sic] and EN TOLEDO.
Source & Copyright: Auction Flex
Today’s Style: For The Boys Who Must Not Be Angels
- Pants/Vest: Express
- Tie Clip: Custom
- Tie: Express
- Shirt: Express
- Bracelet: Gift
- Cufflinks: Custom
- Sword: Renaissance Faire
- Socks: Sock Dreams
- Shoes: GBX
A 10 and a half year old boy should not feel so alone that he wants to kill himself.
I know a young man who is being bullied at school. He has come to the point where he is contemplating suicide and I am trying to reach out to him, but he is scared and ashamed.
I don’t actually advocate violence, but I want to protect him. And I’m angry. And sad. And frustrated. I was bullied as a child. I know what it feels like. To feel like no one can help you. That no one will help you.
I want to fix things. But I can’t. Not completely. Despite the sword in my photos, I don’t think violence is a viable bullying defense. Often it exacerbates the problem and results in retaliation. No matter how much we’re told to “just stand up to them and they will back down,” violence is rarely, if ever, a solution.
But I hope that I can metaphorically arm my young friends’ mother and teachers with resources and guidance. I have been researching and training myself in bullying prevention as an extension of my job, and I hope to be a resource for him, his family and others that care about him.
I will post more info as I compile it, but here is a beginning. If you or someone you know are suffering from bullying or are contemplating suicide, please reach out to these organizations and use some of these tools. They are here to defend you. And to remind us all that we can all help. Sometimes it’s as simple as not perpetuating a toxic environment. Small steps can still make a big difference.
- 1 in 4 youth are bullied.
- 5,736,419 youth are involved in bullying at any given time.
- People who are bullied are at an increased risk of suicide.
Suicide Prevention Hotline in the US: 1-800-273-8255
Bullying Prevention Resources: Stopbullying.gov
What Can A Bystander Do?
- Don’t laugh or join in the bullying
- Find a way to physically move the student being bullied out of the bullying situation
- Don’t repeat the lies or gossip, the name calling or other bullying behavior
- Include the student being bullied in your activities
- Be supportive to the target in private
- Tell an adult what you saw and heard
- Talk to the aggressor in private
- Be supportive to the target in the presence of the aggressor
- Confront the aggressor about their behavior in public
Bully-free Strategies for Schools and Community Centers
- Have a clear and specific anti-bullying policy
- Implement consistent and immediate consequences for bullying
- Give praise for pro-social and helpful behavior
- Increase supervision on the playground, in cafeterias, etc.
- Provide training for all staff members
- Involve parents
- Investigate bullying incidents and work with children involved to prevent future incidents
- Implement a comprehensive bullying prevention program
Top 10 Best Strategies in Bullying Prevention
- Focus on the school environment
- Assess bullying in your school
- Gain support from staff and parents
- Establish a bullying prevention coordinating committee
- Train staff in bullying prevention and to understand the difference normal conflict and bullying
- Clearly establish, communicate and enforce school rules and policies related to bullying
- Increase adult supervision in the “Hot spots” for bullying
- Gain commitment to intervene consistently and appropriately in bullying situations
- Gain commitment for a time of focus for some class time on bullying prevention
- Do not quit…continue the efforts over time
Left: Saber, circa 1590 | Center and Right: German Rapier, circa 1640
Zul Faqar (Zulfikar) Tulwar
- Dated: second half of the 18th century
- Measurements: overall length 54 cm
The silver hilt of characteristic form is embellished in floral panels and also gilded. The S-form blade is scalloped along the spine and elaborately choiled at the forte, the bifurcate tip heavily profiled and cusped. It has a velvet-covered wooden scabbard.
Source & Copyright: Auction Flex
Scottish Basket-hilt Sword
- Dated: 18th century
The sword was made during the early 18th century while the blade is most likely made during the 17th century. It has a thick steel hilt decorated with pierce work and chiselled details.
Source & Copyright: Historical Arms & Armor
Alexander Davison Sword-pistol
- Alexander Davison was Admiral Lord Nelson’s friend
A sword-pistol once owned by a close friend of Admiral Lord Nelson was auctioned in Staffordshire. The weapon, which belonged to Alexander Davison, was recently on display at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.
Cuttlestones, which is auctioning the weapon at Penkridge said it expected the sword-pistol to sell for £10,000 to £15,000. The weapon’s current owner Fred Pritchard. The weapon, which has a 65cm [25in] sword blade attached, was made by firearms manufacturer HW Mortimer in 1805.
Source: BBC History © 2012