Come view the Art of the Blade exhibition at the Trout Museum of Art in Appleton. It features over 50 swords and sabers, design details, known variations, production records, and rare and experimental models produced by our nation’s oldest and most renowned armory.
On view Sep 7, 2019 –
Nov 11, 2019
A special lecture by the collector, Dr. Tom Wilzius, on October 13th at 1:00pm
The Trout Museum of Art
111 W. College Ave.
Appleton, WI 54911 United States
Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat: 10am – 4pm
Thurs: 10am – 8pm
Sun: 12pm – 4pm
The blade collector, Dr. Tom Wiltzius, is a decorated Vietnam Veteran, having served in Vietnam as an Army Photojournalist, and served as a Public Affairs Officer during Operation Desert Shield. For over 30 years, Tom has been collecting military swords, sabers, bayonets, and knives made at the Springfield Armory. His collection of Springfield swords and sabers is the most comprehensive collection in private hands.
Art of the Blade features the largest private collection of swords and sabers from the Springfield Armory in Springfield, Massachusetts. While the National Armory at Springfield, as it was historically known, was most active in producing muskets, rifles, and bayonets for the U.S. Army, the swords and sabers to come from of the armory for American Servicemen are renowned for their design and production.