unusual late 19th or early 20th century heavily reinforced galvanized steel mesh fencing mask or helmet with grid-like eye shield

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While in class, I realized how these uniforms made us "faceless." I'll put Porter in a helmet to take away his "humanity."

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fencing sport portraits | Stock Images: Fencing mask . Studio portrait of fencing athlete ...

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This is a very couture way to portray a fencing mask. I played only two sports as a kid... one was 'soccer' and the other was fencing. I trained on an "epee." It was an exhausting sport! But I loved it. Shout out to Red Rock Fencing Center and Frank Van Dyke! Best coach ever. I've learned more than ever that if I want to learn something, then I need to pick out the best mentors I have access to. Interesting how thinking about fencing has made me think about mentors and learning what I am…

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