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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

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!

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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: Visored Bascinet

Very nice quality helmet, fits perfectly with the MRL helmet liner and the MRL maille coif. With this helmet what you see is what you get. It's sturdy, battle ready, and with a little practice you can open and close the visor quickly. Also when up, the visor stays up, if not, pull the visor up and give it a very delicate twist. Remember you can buy a padding kit if you really need to adjust the helmet. Adjust the helmet to where your eyes are even with the eye slits for best visibility. Remember, however, the closer the faceplate is to your face, the more likely you would be to suffer facial damage, especially your nose. But this was the norm at that time. Mis-shapen noses were a badge of honor as everyone knew you were a tourney jouster, man-at-arms, etc. All around a great helmet!!! No kiddie costume junk here!!! The real deal.
                                                      - Casey S, Panama City, FL
Reviewed by: Casey, October 30, 2018

Review of: Mail Gauntlets

Very pleased with these!! Costume gauntlets they ARE NOT!!!
These are the real deal and very high quality. The leather gloves, the maille, the steel plates... One thing I would point out, that you might not be able to see from the picture, is the steel vambrace starting at the opening of the glove, is not one solid piece of steel, but 6 strips of steel, 3 on top, 3 underneath.
I didn't know this when I ordered them, but am GLAD they are!! It makes for a much more custom fit. I have hands that are a little bit on the "thick" side, and from the top of my middle finger to the bottom of my palm is exactly '7 inches, so I ordered Size Medium; and they fit..... Well, "Like a glove", lol.
AAA++++                          -Casey S in Panama City, FL
Reviewed by: Casey, October 30, 2018

Review of: Arming Cap, Quilted

Great arming cap. I wear it under my MRL Mail Coif and my MRL Visored Bascinet. Now the Arming Cap itself is a touch on the thin side, BUT if it were any thicker whatsoever my mail and helmet would be too tight. As of now they all fit perfect!! Not just trying to get reward points here. This arming cap is well put together and made to last, and mine has seen plenty of Renaissance Faires! Grab one,  you won’t regret it 👍😊
Reviewed by: Casey, October 19, 2018

Review of: Soldier’s Buckler

Initially I was leery of buying this product due to the gap between the boss and the rest of the buckler, but my concerns were unfounded. I got two of these when they were on sale for the deal of the day and I have been more than pleased with them. They are well balanced and the grip fits comfortably in my hand. The grip runs across the back of the buckler, keeping a low profile and offering great control over the buckler. Overall it is solidly built, able to stand up to the rigors of sparring. This is my new favorite buckler and I look forward to getting more for my club!
Reviewed by: Jeremiah, October 12, 2018

Review of: Leather Vambraces

Got this on deal of the day a while ago. The material is good leather. I got them for my Fiancé and he says they are comfortable to wear.
Reviewed by: Anastasia, September 28, 2018

Review of: Soldier’s Buckler

Nice and sturdy. Perfect for SCA fencing!
Reviewed by: Anastasia, September 28, 2018

Review of: Mail Armor Shirt

Quality material, fit and realistic.
Reviewed by: Jim, September 21, 2018

Review of: Crusader Wooden Shield

Absolutely Beautiful!, Beyond expectations. Quality material. Strapping firmly attached.
Reviewed by: Jim, September 21, 2018

Review of: Mail Armor Coif

Quality material, fit and realistic.
Reviewed by: Jim, September 21, 2018

Review of: Lorica Segmentata

Well, it is substantial. The delivery box on my front porch was so heavy I had to wrestle it inside my house. Four heavy and tricky pieces inside the box. The instructions eventually said that I'd need a second pair of hands to assemble it, which turned out to be true. But it does look impressive on its stand in my living room on a wooden bench next to The Eagle armor I purchased a few years ago. I'm glad I got them both.
Reviewed by: Warren, July 30, 2018