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Archibald Corble (26 May 1883 – 22 January 1944) was a British fencer. His weapon was the sabre. He competed at three Olympic Games - 1912, 1924 and 1928.[1] He was twice British Sabre Champion, in 1922 and 1927. He was the great uncle of the playwright and director Simon Corble.

Archibald Corble
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Personal information
Full nameArchibald Harrison Corble
Born(1883-05-26)26 May 1883
Waltham Abbey, Essex, England
Died22 January 1944(1944-01-22) (aged 60)
Wandsworth, London, England

The Corble Cup is now competed for annually as the British national sabre trophy.

Corble was a great collector of both swords and books on fencing. At the end of his life he donated most of his vast collection to the Catholic University of Leuven.[2][3] The collection contains around 1,900 items, dating from the 15th to the 20th century, mainly from France, England, South America, Italy and Germany. Notable are the personal details, such as letters addressed to Corble, photographs of fencers, notes and comments, which are an integral part of the collection. Corble, as well as the previous owners, such as Cyril Matthey, Alfred Hutton, JR Garcia Donnell, Frederick Pollock and Jacopo Gelli, opted for new personal bindings, added ex-libri to their copies.


  1. ^ "Archibald Corble Olympic Results". Retrieved 23 March 2010.
  2. ^ Hilde Peeters - Archibald Harrison Corble, his biography and donation to the Catholic University of Leuven, Rapporten van de Onderzoekseenheid Sociaaculturele Kinanntropologie
  3. ^ Corble Collection at the KU Leuven