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: Florentine Cinquedea

This is a truly well-done replica; beautiful, excellent workmanship and materials, fully functional. I'm extremely happy with this purchase and would recommend this to any dedicated collector of Medieval and Renaissance weaponry.
Reviewed by: Kevin, June 20, 2018

Review of: Munich Sword

This is the one I'd grab off the wall!

It has very different balance as noted by other reviewers, most swords demand a glove/gauntlet be worn to "come alive" but this one more than most.

It really is a "Guard Sword" it wants to be held up to guard your face ready to deliver a right cross or skull bash.
The blade is heavy enough to break a drunken fops rapier and quick enough deliver a few nasty cuts of your own with a point that will pierce light armor with ease!
Reviewed by: Matthew, June 16, 2018

Review of: Leather Swordsman Vambraces

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

Review of: Hand-Woven, Hand-Stitched Chemise

this is the best chemise i have ever had, I will tell you I loved it! I wore it as a night gown, I wore it under skirts, I wore it to death. I bought it 13 yrs ago for 40  $ and it lasted 5 yrs, I did wear it a lot! I went back to buy another and the price went up to 80ish so I declined. So today I thought now 80$ , it was worth it. I just came one to buy it again. yikes.I must admit it is a great chemise, but! from 40ish to 144 in 13 yrs?
Reviewed by: M, May 22, 2018

Review of: Capatino Double Mantle Wool Cloak

I originally purchased this cloak for a production we are doing of the Broadway show, Oliver. It is perfect for the character Mr. Bumble. However, after seeing the great quality, we will be reusing this piece for many other productions! If this is the type of quality you are producing, expect many more orders from our theater!
Reviewed by: David, May 04, 2018

Review of: The Dark Jester Ensemble

Very well made and rich colors.  The pants have an elastic back.   Feels a bit big /bulky so I’m returning and ordering a smaller size.
Can’t wait for Halloween or a renaissance fare!
Reviewed by: Anna, May 01, 2018

Review of: Veronese Ballock Dagger

Just wanted to update my review. My opinion of the dagger stands, but I want to add something. A really nice woman called from the company asking how to make it right. I said I was still happy with the company and didn't want a discount. This is why I will purchase more stuff in the future. Great company.
Reviewed by: Kenneth, April 25, 2018

Review of: Italian Arming Dagger

I just received this dagger in the mail.  Opened it and was absolutely delighted with the purchase.  I ordered it sharpened (let's face it...what's the point of having a dagger if not sharp).
A very nice blade, sharp point.  Balance is great.  The handle feels nice in the hand.  Beautiful finish on the wood handle makes for a comfortable and stable grip.  Outstanding dagger for the money.  Well worth the purchase.
Reviewed by: Michael, April 06, 2018

Review of: 16th Century Italian Mace

I have had this mace for years. Travelled the world with me and no rust, no oxidation, etc. Heavy to use but what a home-defense weapon!
Reviewed by: Kenneth, March 30, 2018

Review of: Musketeer Rapier

I just received this in the mail today.  As expected, it was well wrapped and packaged to protect the contents.  Upon opening it, I immediately smiled in admiration at the beauty of this rapier.  This is the second rapier I've purchased from MR.  I have also purchased a sword and dagger.  In all cases, the workmanship, etc. have been outstanding and exceeded my expectations.  This one, as my others was ordered sharpened.  Let's face it, if I'm going to own a sword/rapier it just as well be real.
I'm truly impressed by everything thus far purchased from MR and this new addition will certainly be proudly displayed.  If you've been considering this particular piece, you will not be disappointed.  It's absolutely beautiful, well balanced, and a formidable weapon to be sure.
Glad I purchased it.
Reviewed by: Michael, January 26, 2018