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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: The Christus Imperat Rapier

This Rapier is very well done, the hilt is amazing looking and tightly constructed. The writing on the blade is nice and clean, the blade itself is a bit flexible but not nearly enough to ruin the sword. The balance is very good and feels great in the hand, finish on the guard is very nice as well.
Reviewed by: Francis, January 17, 2019

Review of: Squire’s Cap

Elegant. Tasteful. Simple. What I expected
Reviewed by: eric, January 16, 2019

Review of: Royal Court Doublet

It fits great and looks very authentic
Reviewed by: JEFFREY, January 14, 2019

Review of: Fair Maiden's Overdress

Nice quality garment that drew many compliments for my Lady.
Reviewed by: Gregory, December 27, 2018

Review of: Leather Swordsman Vambraces

They look great. Unfortunately, one of the Vambraces has an issue with the rivet studs and I will either have to repair it myself if I can find replacement studs or send it back for a new one. Other than that, they look great.
Reviewed by: John, December 27, 2018

Review of: Cavalier Shirt

I bought this shirt as the first step of completely upgrading my Ren Faire costume. I love the looks and feel of it, and it seems like it will be durable. It will be a lot more stylish and upper class than my home-sewn peasant shirt!

To clarify the product photos, the gold/silver parts are not "slashes" in the sleeves. Rather the base sleeve is that metallic color, and there are black strips that are attached by the shoulder and the wrist.
Reviewed by: David, December 22, 2018

Review of: The Raven Rondel Dagger

The Cold Steel Raven rondel dagger is a perfect example of a weapon designed purely for thrusting:  the strong, triangular-cross-section blade has no edges -- only a point that can surely pierce fabric, leather, or mail, and very likely plate of field-harness thickness.  It is a thrusting weapon pure and simple; additionally, since it has no edge to dull, it could readily be used as a parrying weapon.  Handsome and functional -- what more needs be said?
Reviewed by: Stanley, December 06, 2018

Review of: Mercenary Boots

These fit my needs as a starter pair of boots for my Renaissance Faire costume, since I'm not (yet) willing to pay hundreds for leather boots.

PRO
- Look nice
- Comfortable
- Fit well (size Medium. I'm usually a 10.5 or 11) and no issue with calf size (male, muscular/toned but not especially large calves)
- They seem well made (time will tell on durability)
- Good value as an inexpensive starter boot

CON
- Fake poly leather will probably be hot
Reviewed by: David, December 05, 2018

Review of: Captain's Boots

Good
Reviewed by: gary, December 02, 2018

Review of: 16th Century Italian Mace

Great reproduction of a classic mace! As deadly as the original.
Reviewed by: JOHN, November 19, 2018