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: Leather Swordsman Vambraces

I have always been into medieval stuff so thank you!
Reviewed by: Ian, June 03, 2018

Review of: Helmet of Castile

I flipped out when I first saw this helm in the Museum Replicas catalog and had to have it! When i got it it was heavier than expected. But it is magnificent! I wear this with my Knights Templar tunics and it has made me feel more like a lord, rather than just a knight. I display it in my library on a stand, when I am not wearing it.
Reviewed by: David, May 04, 2018

Review of: Death Dealer Collector’s Edition Helmet

Helmet is well made and can be worn with the adjustable leather lining. It is metal so it is not light which I find a plus. It may not be an exact copy of Frazetta's drawing of the death dealer but it is a fine representation of the helmet. I have a mannequin that I change armor on periodically and he looks quite fearsome with this helmet and the axe. I place led eyes behind the helmet and it really looks good.
Reviewed by: Walter, March 01, 2018

Review of: Mail Armor Coif

I just received this and am totally delighted with it.  I wasn't sure how good the quality would be considering the reasonable price but when I pulled it out and examined it, I was very impressed.  I put it on and walked in on my wife and son holding one of my recently acquired swords and once they were done laughing, they both agreed the coif looked very cool and quite authentic.  It fits great and though heavy...(as one would expect)...it is not difficult to wear for a long period.  This would be great at a Renaissance Fair or similar event.  I'm not sure where I'm going to use it but I'm glad I got it and I highly recommend it.
Reviewed by: Michael, January 12, 2018

Review of: Viking Shield, Brown

I bought this Shield just a bout 3 years ago.  I have used it extensively at various Renaissance Fairs.  It is an impressive mighty shield for both defensive and offensive actions.  Be aware though, it is heavy, so make sure you can rest in between bouts.
Reviewed by: Sam, August 19, 2017

Review of: Leather Gauntlets

Gauntlets fit and look Great !
Reviewed by: John, May 04, 2017

Review of: Leather Swordsman Vambraces

These do not disappoint. I was a little surprised when they arrived flat and unstitched, and they were pretty stiff because of the thickness of the leather. But after stitching them and forming them (resting a foot on each of them a few minutes each to squish them into cylinders), they were just fine. I actually bought them for wearing while shooting my bow... not only do they look fantastic, but provide excellent protection from the string.
Reviewed by: John, April 21, 2017

Review of: Vendel Viking Helm

Just received this helmet, it's great, fits comfortably and looks great. The adjustable liner works really well.
Reviewed by: Charles, March 31, 2017

Review of: Mail Armor Shirt

This is my first set of chain mail armor. I was surprised when I opened the package because the mail was clean and shiny. I was expecting a heavy coat of grease like many of the other products I have ordered. The fit is excellent on my XXL frame. The links expand a bit across the chest while bending or flexing. It had a couple of minor gaps in the armpit area but they were easily fixed with some of the spare links that fell out of the package. I will have to enlarge the opening for my head to fit through the hole. This is easily done with two pliers. While butted mail does not offer the same protection as riveted mail, I did not buy this fend off a Danish axe. Highly recommended.  
Reviewed by: Al, March 20, 2017

Review of: Mail Armor Coif

Bought this with the matching mail shirt and it looks great!
Reviewed by: James, February 11, 2017