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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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Tabards, Doublets & Gambesons

A true testimony to a knight was shown in his tabard, doublet or gambeson. Used for both markings of the field of battle, some also gave protection against an enemy’s strikes.

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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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