The Bristol, UK-born actress said she relished playing the left-handed, headstrong woman who wields the Needle, a smallsword
gift from Jon Snow, her half-brother.
Martin is Chief Assessor to the British Federation for Historical Swordplay, teaching smalls-word and military sabre at events such as SWASH and Smallsword
3), while Peter Finer exhibits a Louis XVI dress smallsword
and scabbard of around 1784 mounted in gold, diamond and enamel.
The term is modern, and as such was mainly used to refer to smallsword
fencing, but by extension it can also be applied to any martial art involving the use of a sword.
These positions are usually designated by their older French terms, with "tierce" meaning "position three," which was a typical on-guard position of the smallsword
as presented by Dominico Angelo (George Gordon Lord Byron's fencing instructor).
Additional loans of contextual material complement the Albertina's own collection: they include Maria Christina's Self Portrait with Spinning Wheel of 1765, lent by the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, and a glamorous smallsword
with scabbard from the Green Vaults in Dresden, designed by Johann Friedrich Dinglinger in 1737 and replete with 90 emeralds and 220 diamonds (Fig.