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Renaissance

The Renaissance was the time of enlightenment. This is perhaps the most romanticized period in history, a time when chivalry was king and knowledge was power. MuseumReplicas.com carries a full line of Renaissance clothing and battle ready weapons. So whether you are headed to the Faire or are just yearning to return to a time when things were simpler, we have just what you need.

Renaissance Swords & Rapiers

Renaissance swords were characterized by a compound hilt, narrow blade, and strong cross section. Their build made these swords ideal for the “cut and thrust” style and they were typically used by foot soldiers in the military. While it may be that Renaissance swords were generally lighter than their medieval counterparts, some big weapons were around too. For instance, the monstrous two-handed sword (e.g., the German Zweihander and the English Slaughter Sword) was historically a Renaissance weapon. Another popular sword was the rapier which featured a long and narrow blade and a hilt with a heavy cross-guard. The rapier was not used much in the military but gained a following among the civilians. They were later replaced by an even lighter weapon – the small-sword.

Museum Replicas offers an extensive line of authentic Renaissance swords that are made like the originals. Weapons in our selection are copied from museums and private collections around the world. They are durable and made with great detail by expert artisans. Further, we carry a range of Renaissance rapiers inspired by French, German and Italian styles of the period. For those seeking something different, we have basket hilt and bastard swords classy enough to make any sword aficionado drool. Check out the range and pick one for your sword collection or the next reenactment. It will make you proud.

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Mail Armor & Shields

One of the earliest uses of metal protection was chain mail armor. The use of armor and mail continued through the Renaissance until the presence of gunpowder increased in the 16th century.  

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Renaissance Weapons

Renaissance weapons were not very different from medieval weaponsSwords and daggers were still widely used, even if they were more evolved than the war tools of the Dark Ages. Newer weapons that were to play a major role in later human history were entering the scene, such as firearms but they were not yet reliable. Cut and thrust swords were prominent in battles during the early Renaissance and giant two-handed swords like the Zweihander also saw action. Further, the rapier was fashionable among the civilians if not the military as a duelling weapon and status symbol.

Other weapons included the one-handed war axe and the two-handed battle axe, which were popular with the Celtic warriors. War hammers and maces were also favored. Another much-appreciated weapon was the pike, a long and narrow thrusting spear that could be up to 25 feet long. Then there was the dagger, such as the Continental main-gauche (off-handed dagger) which was a rage in England in the 16th century. Museum Replicas carries a fantastic range of these Renaissance weapons, including an array of daggers, stilettos, main gauches, war hammers, and maces. Each product in the selection is fashioned by the best craftsmen in the industry and contains excellent detail. They are perfect for the weapon collector or re-enactor.

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Renaissance Helmets, Greaves and Vambraces

Protecting oneself in battles 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 the Renaissance period.

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Womens Renaissance Costumes & Accessories

Museum Replicas carries a wide variety of high quality Renaissance costumes, clothing and accessories. Made with high quality fabrics, we pay attention to every detail, from the beautiful buttons to the hand stitched trim. You will be sure to turn heads when wearing our authentic clothing!

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Men's Renaissance Costumes and Accessories

MuseumReplicas.com carries a full line of high quality Renaissance clothing, shoes and accessories for men. Our authentic shirts, tunics and other costume accessories are affordable and comfortable; perfect for re-enactors and faire goers! 

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Renaissance Hats, Caps and Crowns

Whether you are a civilian or a King, men were distinguished throughout history by the cap, hat or crown they wore. And, MuseumReplicas.com has one of the widest selection of Renaissance head wear on the web.

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Top Customer Reviews

Review of: Late Scottish Broadsword

I saw a photo of the sword was copied from.  It was in the National Museum of Antiquities in Scotland and the sword was dated circa 1570.   The Windlass reproduction looks very much like it.  This is a HEAVY sword!  The hilt is so big I can get both of my long slender hands in it, (one on either side).  All of the pieces of the basket are very thick. The blade is well made and substantial.  The etchings on the blade are actually slightly cut into the blade, not just painted on.  I haven't cut anything yet but will once I sharpen it.  I am impressed!  If you get it you may want to check out Youtube's Matt Easton on Scholagladiatoria to learn exercises to strengthen your arm for a one handed sword.
Reviewed by: Les, January 11, 2020

Review of: Musketeer Rapier

A great feel and sharp blade. Fine quality and serves you well either to display or to act the Musketeer. Highly recommended!
Reviewed by: Robert, January 11, 2020

Review of: Musketeer Rapier

Absolutely beautiful , well balanced, and functional. great workmanship and attention to detail throughout. Very happy with this purchase and highly recommend it to anyone thinking about this item.!!
Reviewed by: michael, January 04, 2020

Review of: Musketeer Rapier

Arrived very well packaged. Absolutely stunningly beautiful sword with great attention to detail and function. perfectly balanced in hand with a beautiful sheath as well. this item drips with quality. Very happy and will gladly do business again with Museum replicas.
Reviewed by: michael, December 25, 2019

Review of: Musketeer Rapier

Arrived very well packaged. Absolutely stunningly beautiful sword with great attention to detail and function. perfectly balanced in hand with a beautiful sheath as well. this item drips with quality. Very happy and will gladly do business again with Museum replicas.
Reviewed by: michael, December 25, 2019

Review of: Royal Court Doublet

Very high quality, beautifully made piece. This is going to last through years of wear. I cannot wait to wear it at a Renaissance event I’m attending in December. Looks fantastic with the Cavalier Shoulder Cape, the Wayfarer Pants (Black) and the Adventurers Boots.
Reviewed by: Shane, November 29, 2019

Review of: Leather Gauntlets

Very nice.  They ran a bit large for me  but not unreasonably so as to warrant their return.   Qualtity seems to be excellent.
Reviewed by: Mike, November 28, 2019

Review of: Swept Hilt Rapier

Excellent quality and craftsmanship.  Balance is a bit tip heavy.  

I’m looking forward to my next purchase!
Reviewed by: Douglas, November 24, 2019

Review of: Steel Domed Shield

Wow--So worth the wait! This item was on back order and didn't make it in time for my son's birthday, but that's fine, because it was definitely worth waiting for. It is really high quality, really well-made, and solid through and through. I don't know if this shield is only meant for decoration or not, but I have every reason to believe that it would serve well on the battle front as well. At any rate, my thirteen-year-old son is beyond thrilled with his Steel Domed Shield, and his Dad now wants one of his own for Christmas.
Reviewed by: Alicia, November 15, 2019

Review of: Hand-Woven, Hand-Stitched Men’s Manor Shirt

I'm in a long-term project of upgrading my Ren Faire outfit, and this shirt was exactly what I wanted: something cool enough for hot California weather, made of handmade natural material and hand sewn. My biggest concern was sizing, as there were no reviews yet. So I made my best guess at a size Large and it fits great. Loose, but not like a tent! (I'm 5'11" 210lb.)  I'm very happy with this purchase.
Reviewed by: David, November 12, 2019