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Helmets, Armor & Shields

  Protecting oneself in battles, whether small or large, was an absolute must.  From the knight called upon to defend a kingdom to those jousting in times of peace, the need to defend oneself was essential. Museum Replicas carries an extensive line of body protection, from chain mail and leather protection to full suits of armor.
  • Complete Suits of Armor
    Complete Suits of Armor
    Hand forged and fully wearable.  Each is articulated for proper movement and tough enough to withstand your next battle.
  • Breastplates & Cuirasses
    Breastplates & Cuirasses
    It was crucial that a warrior protect the vital areas, such as his chest and shoulders. By the 14th century breastplates evolved from leather to plated metal.
  • Mail Armor
    Mail Armor
    One of the earliest uses of metal protection was chain mail armor.  Made up of tens of thousands of interlocking rings, it was woven by hand and formed into protective shirts, coifs and even leggings. Chain mail, or more properly "mail", dates back to antiquity; the name itself is derived from the Latin "macula" meaning "mesh of net." It is believed to have been invented by the Celts and adopted by the Romans after their warring with them. The use of mail continued until the presence of gunpowder increased in the 16th century. 
  • Gauntlets, Vambraces & Pauldrons
    Gauntlets, Vambraces & Pauldrons
    All the extremities were vulnerable to injury in battle.  Made of leather or metal, gauntlets were used to protect the hands, vambraces to protect the forearm and pauldrons to protect the shoulders.
  • Greaves & Leg Armor
    Greaves & Leg Armor
    The lower legs were vulnerable in battle from attack by both weapons and often by kicking.  Protection ranged from bronze leg coverings in ancient times to the fully articulated plate armor of the Middle Ages.  
  • Helmets
    The ancient Greeks wore helmets of thick leather and bronze to protect their heads from swords and arrows. Over time helmets evolved to protect the face and neck, sometimes covering the entire head with only eye slits for visibility. By 1400 this sophisticated armor featured pivots and hinges for greater mobility and protection.
  • Non Metal Helmets & Armor
    Non Metal Helmets & Armor
    The Warlords collection of lightweight armor is great for more than LARPing.  Whether worn onstage in a production or for an afternoon at the faire, these durable helmets are great for re-enactors who demand detailed durable armor that looks like the originals, but is lightweight.  Our hybrid polyurethane helmets and armor are a joy to have fun in too.  About 1/3 the weight of the real thing and costs less too.  The best part?  No maintenance - just wear and go....anytime, any where, in any weather.  They are nearly indestructible and the realistic finish will last for years. We also carry armor made in leather or fiberglass, which is just as lightweight and durable as our polyurethane line!
  • Shields
    Shields were the oldest form of protection and used to block injury from weapons.  They could also be used as a bludgeoning weapon. The shield could also display symbols as a form of recognition, especially necessary for the medieval knights on the battlefield and in tournaments. Over time the shield became smaller, eventually disappearing as it became unnecessary.