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Renaissance

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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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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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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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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Women's Renaissance Clothing & Accessories

Museum Replicas carries a wide variety of high-quality Renaissance clothing, costumes, 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 Clothing 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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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.


Top Customer Reviews

Review of: Guinegate Sword

I bought the 1-st edition of this sword years ago; it was unsharpened & had no scabbard; It was excellent; After a lot of use, I had to wind up filling the hollow bone grip with epoxy & that made it most satisfactory
     The reissue is a superb sword that does   well enough at cut & excellently at thrust.  It is one of the best I’ve gotten from MR (as was the 1st)
     It seems very much in line with period swords that I’ve examined & it will not disappoint
Reviewed by: Judge Joe, October 07, 2022

Review of: Guinegate Sword

This sword is truly a work of art. It is graceful in its appearance, as well in its handling. I own many swords of various styles, and by far this is the best I have held in my hand. At first, I was a little anxious about a single-handed sword being 3 pounds (as most of my other cutters are around 2 pounds)...but the moment I took it out of the box, it felt far less than 3 pounds. (I took it to my scale and it is 3lbs, 0.7oz.) The hilt fittings and nicely polished bright, the bone grip is smooth, and hilt construction is nice and tight. The blade is mirror polished and is well made. The belt and scabbard are well constructed - perfect compliments to this sword. There is not enough praise I can say about this sword. It is absolutely wonderful.
Reviewed by: Joel, September 18, 2022

Review of: Guinegate Sword

Although it took a while for them to get the order shipped in to them (not really their fault) they didn't charge me until they were sure it was in good condition and shipped out. When it was shipped out, it arrived here extremely quick in less than a week. Not to mention the quality of the sword is pristine and very well made. I'm confident I will love this every time I look at it
Reviewed by: Zephen, September 17, 2022

Review of: Tudor 16th Century Armet

This is the best helmet I’ve personally seen at this price point. I have been collecting replica armour for 30 plus years and have seen a lot of bad stuff. Pleasantly surprised by this.
As far as size the neck is tight for me but I am 6’3” 240 18.5” neck
Reviewed by: Nathan, July 18, 2022

Review of: Guinegate Sword

I remember eyeing the catalog pictures 30 years ago and then they stopped making it. I'm so glad it's back! It is stunningly beautiful. Everything fits tightly together (no rattling) and the profile on the blade is as beautiful as I hoped for. The sheath is quite stunning as well - especially the buckles and hardware. No skimping there. Yes the sword is not well balanced - the blade is heavy but it is solid and sharp. If I were to add one improvement it would be to add brass trim at the top of the sheath if for no other reason than to give that classic "klink" sound when the sword goes into the sheath. But the bare leather is cut to fit the cross guard perfectly. I am so glad I have this sword after 30 years of waiting.
Reviewed by: Jay, May 06, 2022

Review of: Guinegate Sword

I bought this sword from your first run..... It is absolutely beautiful. The prettiest sword of my entire collection.... I am now drooling over the new scabbard and hoping that you might offer the scabbard as a stand alone item to owners of the original run of this wonderful blade. Any chances....!?
Reviewed by: Chris, July 16, 2021

Review of: Brown Cotton Brigandine

I'd really consider this more of a "coat of plates" than a proper "brigandine" armor given the lack of overlapping plates.  The gaps between plates, particularly over the breastbone, would make me consider this for protection in addition to a mail shirt or hauberk.
Reviewed by: Matthew, May 27, 2021

Review of: Avenger Scale Gauntlets

Really like the look of the gauntlets.   With the way they are attached to the gloves you do loose some flexibility in the fingers.  But still very happy with them.
Reviewed by: Andrew, April 24, 2021

Review of: Tudor 16th Century Armet

This helmet came covered in oil (thats a good thing) It's very sturdy and smooth, the adjustment was very well ranged, got it to fit perfectly, the weight is far better than armet or closed helm I've ever seen. Love it, will be looking for more props here!
Reviewed by: Hayden, February 17, 2021

Review of: Guinegate Sword

I bought this sword the first time MR created it.  I have been giving talks in schools for over 40 years about the "Dark Ages" and have used MR swords.  This sword has always been a great hit with my students, it has a great look, the feel is like an extension of the arm not a dead weight hanging out there.  The students love the look of the hilt and the ridge down the center for armor piercing.  When I pull out my book on the Wallace Collection and show them almost identical sword, they know it isn't some "Hollywood sword" but it is like the "real thing".  That is what I have expected from MR from the days of Hank R. to today.  I know who ever buys this sword will enjoy having in their collection as I do.
Bob H
Reviewed by: , February 11, 2021