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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 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 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 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 Period War Hammer

I purchased this as a deal of the day.  Great price...fast delivery.  It came well packed and in very good condition.  Some have complained of imperfections.  Mine was in very good condition although the cord wound handle did look somewhat dirty...I'm assuming from the handling of it by the packer who probably had oil on his hands from the hammer itself.....yes....it is well oiled so be careful.
As far as a weapon....this would be formidable.  A good weight that could cause serious damage and a spiked end that would easily penetrate metal.  It adds nicely to my collection of various items from MR.  I've had great service and experience with MR.
Will definitely order again.
Reviewed by: Michael, November 03, 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 Cavalier Hat

It was a little big, but some hat tape fixed that.  Very sturdy construction.
Reviewed by: Jonathan, October 12, 2018

Review of: Festival Shirt

I bought this shirt in the red color for my pirate stuff. It's very stylish and comfortable.
Reviewed by: Jonathan, October 12, 2018

Review of: Scarlet Dream Dress

My wife had been eyeing this dress for a while. I finally bought it for her as an anniversary present. She loves it!
Reviewed by: Jonathan, October 12, 2018

Review of: Silver Hilted Dagger

I bought this from the Deal of the Day.  It's very elegant, but the hilt is a little more gold toned than expected.
Reviewed by: Jonathan, October 12, 2018

Review of: Mercenary Schiavona Half Basket-Hilt Sword

I bought this to use with my pirate gear and it is fantastic.  It is very menacing.
Reviewed by: Jonathan, October 12, 2018

Review of: Munich Sword

I am very happy with this sword. It is beautiful and sturdy. It's a great sword for a person who is looking for a thrusting weapon but wants something a bit heftier and better for slashing/chopping, which I was.
Reviewed by: Garrett, September 28, 2018