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: 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

Review of: Silver Hilted Dagger

Just received this from a "deal of the day" purchase.  It is the 4 item I've purchased over recent months and absolutely love it.  In one word....beautiful.  
The weight and handling are excellent.  I had this one sharpened and it clearly would be an ominous weapon if ever put into actual use.  As mentioned, this is my 4th purchase from MR and in every case, I've been delighted with the purchase.  Great workmanship, detail, and aesthetically pleasing to view and handle.  Am looking forward to receiving the Musketeer Rapier that I just ordered this past week.
Reviewed by: Michael, January 22, 2018

Review of: Legend Vest

Sizes trend very small. Got my XL  b/c 2XL ( my shirt size) not available.  12" Gap in front, unable to close.  Doubt a 2XL would be close either,  I am not huge. 2XL shirts suit me fine. Just sayin... otherwise , quality very good.
Reviewed by: Angus, January 13, 2018

Review of: Mail Armor Coif

I just received this and am totally delighted with it.  I wasn't sure how good the quality would be considering the reasonable price but when I pulled it out and examined it, I was very impressed.  I put it on and walked in on my wife and son holding one of my recently acquired swords and once they were done laughing, they both agreed the coif looked very cool and quite authentic.  It fits great and though heavy...(as one would expect)...it is not difficult to wear for a long period.  This would be great at a Renaissance Fair or similar event.  I'm not sure where I'm going to use it but I'm glad I got it and I highly recommend it.
Reviewed by: Michael, January 12, 2018

Review of: Florentine Cinquedea

This is a fantastic blade and a must for any collector. The craftsmanship from the tip of the blade to the pommel is great.
The scabbard is well made and the protective grease is easily removed. In the hand it feels like a much smaller blade.
Reviewed by: Richard J., January 08, 2018

Review of: Deschaux Rapier

this is my first raiper love it sharpended it my sslf.the blade is 37" up to the front of guard and 39
Reviewed by: ray , December 28, 2017

Review of: Munich Sword

This is my second purchase in the same week from Museum Replicas.  Just like my first purchase of a rapier, this item was delivered timely and well packed.  I had this sword sharpened and was delighted with the edge.  It's a serious weapon.  The weight and balance are great for my size.  Workmanship is outstanding.  For the price, it is an excellent piece.  I will definitely be a returning customer.
Reviewed by: Michael, December 28, 2017

Review of: The Christus Imperat Rapier

My first purchase from Museum Replicas.  Absolutely beautiful.  Came in time for Christmas thanks to excellent customer service from the company.  Exceeded my expectations.  Beautiful workmanship; styling; feel and balance.  This is the first of many purchases to come.
Reviewed by: Michael, December 28, 2017