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Armor

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

Hand forged and fully wearable. Each is articulated for proper movement and tough enough to withstand your next battle.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.  

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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.

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Non Metal Helmets & Armor

Lightweight armor is great for more than LARPing. Whether worn onstage in a production or for an afternoon at the faire, re-enactors will love our detailed durable armor that looks like the originals, but is lightweight.

 

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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.

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Top Customer Reviews

Review of: Round Brown Viking Shield

A requested gift from my wife and I could not be happier.  Solid construction and authenticity.  

I am a history professor and I use it in my Military History class to let the students get a "feel" for what it was like to hold a shield in the shield wall (and of course it gives me an excuse to play with it!)
Reviewed by: kevin, January 18, 2020

Review of: Helmet of Castile

I received this helmet as a Christmas present and I love it!  It is a beautifully made helm!  Fits great and looks amazing!
Reviewed by: Randall, January 04, 2020

Review of: Round Brown Viking Shield

My wife bought this for me for Christmas (under my guidance of course).  Good, solid, historically accurate and very well made.  I am going to use this in my military history classes to show how the Norsemen fought in the shield wall.  Very satisfied!!
Reviewed by: kevin, December 28, 2019

Review of: Tigress Chain Bra & Loincloth

Well what can I say. Purchased for my lady, with her full approval and knowledge, so no surprises there. Very appropriate for the right venue. Excellent made, durable, and well, get one for your lady. Recommend.
Reviewed by: HOWARD, December 24, 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: 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: Helmet of Castile

Love it.  I have the sugarloaf helm also and I wish that one had the chin strap that this one does.  fits well and securely.  I need to adjust the liner but I'm waiting until I have time to put it on over mail and arming cap to adjust the height and test the final fit.
Reviewed by: Robert, October 11, 2019

Review of: Leather Gauntlets

Looks great, soft glove and stiffer forearm.  tight on my hand but comfortable, makes for a sure grip.
Reviewed by: Robert, October 11, 2019

Review of: Riveted Dark Aluminum Mail Armor Coif

Best costume coif I've ever seen! Light, sturdy and a great color. The aluminum is sealed in a way that even seems like it will prevent snags, etc., in additional to minimizing oxidation.  Highly recommended... in honesty, I wish I could afford the full hauberk! All aluminum chain mail should be made this way.
Reviewed by: Alexander, September 10, 2019

Review of: Mesh Mail Shirt

My favorite chain shirt to wear to ren faire. Light and does not pinch the skin in my experience. Love it.
Reviewed by: Ryan, September 09, 2019