• 1895

    During the summer at Wartburg castle in Eisenach, castellan Hans von Cranach and Max von Ehrenthal, Director of the Königliches Historisches Museum in Dresden, discuss the need for an association for the studies of arms and armour.

  • 1895

    In September, a meeting is held in Dresden to prepare the foundation of the Society.

  • 1896

    On 5 July, a large number of members meet for the first general conference at the Österreichisches Museum für Kunst und Industrie in Vienna. The statutes are approved. This is followed by the entry Verein für historische Waffenkunde in the register of associations in Dresden.

  • 1897

    First issue of the journal Zeitschrift für historische Waffenkunde. It also features the Society’s logo with the horseman.

  • 1918

    Nothing changes for the Society following the fall of the German Empire and the foundation of the Weimar Republic.

  • 1921

    New title: Zeitschrift für historische Waffen- und Kostümkunde.

  • 1932

    The painter, illustrator and heraldist Gustav Adolf Closs redesigns the Society’s logo.

  • 1944

    The final issue of the Zeitschrift für historische Waffen- und Kostümkunde is published.

  • 1949

    The Verein für historische Waffenkunde is removed from the register of associations and officially ceases to exist.

  • 1951

    New informal beginning in Berlin

  • 1952

    The Gesellschaft für Historische Kostüm- und Waffenkunde is formed in Berlin.

  • 1955

    The Mitteilungen der Gesellschaft für Historische Kostüm- und Waffenkunde zu Berlin are published for the first time.

  • 1959

    Today’s Gesellschaft für Historische Waffen- und Kostümkunde e. V. is officially founded in Berlin.

  • 1959

    The journal is renamed Waffen- und Kostümkunde.

  • 1999

    The logo is given its present form.