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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: Florentine Cinquedea

I loved the detail on the pummel and most on the handle with the studs.  Fullers were symmetrical and the blade is sharp.  I highly recommend this to one who collects.
Reviewed by: Taher, September 10, 2018

Review of: Munich Sword

Wow this thing! It feels significantly heavier than I expected, but I've never had anything other than katanas before, so this is actually my first one handed sword. That said, the construction is solid, and it feels good to hold. I don't think you'd be able to outmatch someone with a rapier using this thing, but it feels like it'd certainly fits the definition of a cut and thrust sword. My only real complaint is that the engraving is way smaller than I had hoped, but it was only an extra $5, so it's not a big deal. This is my first sword from Windlass Steelcrafts, and it's left a pretty good impression on me.
Reviewed by: Matthew, September 01, 2018

Review of: Deschaux Rapier

I bought one of these for my wife.  She loves it.
Reviewed by: Jonathan, August 30, 2018

Review of: Munich Sword

I absolutely love this sword! It is perfect for my interpretation of Dread Pirate Roberts in cosplay. As I am not big on rapiers. It is like a hybrid between arming sword and rapier. Suits me extremely well.
Reviewed by: Paul, August 25, 2018

Review of: Don Juan Vest

It’s a good vest, but what it’s really needed for is to stabilize the cape. It fastens by way of button keeping it centered and makes the cape straps less annoying. Good stuff. All good stuff.
Reviewed by: richard, August 22, 2018

Review of: Lady Jane Silk Shoes

My wife needed a new pair because her old shoes broke at our last faire. She is really satisfied with these and they were sized accurately.
Reviewed by: Frank, August 20, 2018

Review of: Privateer Cotton Shirt

Great fit, awesome color (wine).
Reviewed by: Frank, August 18, 2018

Review of: Don Juan Cape

Cape is very nice for the price. You have to play with the “under the arms behind the back” tie a little to get the right comfort. Very nice. Love their capes.
Reviewed by: richard, August 18, 2018

Review of: Pilsen Rapier

I like my Pilsen, in fact it has spoiled me as I don’t think that I’ll find another rapier in my price range that I’d happier with.  I needed to work on it a little at first though.  It has a stiff blade, is lively, and controllable.  

For a more detailed review I have one here https://sbg-sword-forum.forums.net/thread/43509/pilsen-rapier-windlass .  Unfortunately the forum’s administrator chose to use the first post as part of his monthly newsletter and in doing so transferred the first post, there were several as I updated it over time, and in doing so deleted some parts and duplicated the other parts making it redundant.  What’s left of the original post is in “SBG Buyers Guide” under the name pgandy.  I don’t know why he couldn’t have copied the desired parts and left the post alone.  By scrolling down on the link above you will see the updates as the progressed.
Reviewed by: Paul, August 12, 2018

Review of: Musketeer Rapier

This rapier felt like an extension to my arm.  Fast, furious and deadly.  This rapier is one beautiful sword!!
Reviewed by: Sam, July 30, 2018