Replica Swords and Armour
Here at English Heritage we have an eclectic selection of swords and armour that mirror several items used in battle throughout history. From a Roman Gallic G helmet to a knights Templar sword, these replicas make wonderful display pieces for the home. Read on to find more information on some of our favourite pieces in our collection.
The Corbridge Lorica Segmentata was found as part of a larger hoard during the 1964 excavations of Corbridge Roman Town near to Hadrian's Wall. Dating from between AD122 and 138, the contents of the hoard were found in excellent condition, due to the way that they were buried in an iron-bound, leather-covered wooden chest. The Corbridge Hoard is one the most remarkable Roman finds of the past century. The armour found there has since helped to shap
e Roman historians' understanding of Roman armour. The intricate designs and astonishingly preserved leather and textiles, helped people to understand how Roman armour was assembled and it was this discovery that made it possible to produce accepted reconstructions of this type of armour. Our replica is a highly accurate representation of how the armour would have looked when it was worn by the garrison stationed at Hadrian's Wall. It is constructed from 18 gauge steel with brass and leather fittings and is a favourite amongst reenactors worldwide. It is available in one size only and will fit up to a 44" chest.
Gothic Armour was a popular style of armour in England and Germany during the late 15th Century. It was influenced by the peaks and ridges of Gothic architecture and art of the period and by the 1480's it was considered to be the best armour in Europe. It was worn by knights and nobles on both sides in the Wars of the Roses where it afforded excellent protection against the arrow storms associated with the battles of this period. The Gothic Gauntlets are hand crafted from polished steel and feature a high level of articulation on account of the many decorated overlapping plates that are rivetted together to allow for maximum mobility and protection. A pair of soft leather gloves are stitched/glued into place allowing them to be worn. 1 size only and will fit all but the largest of hands. 18 gauge steel construction - not recommended for re-enactment.
Gothic Armour was a popular style of armour in England and Germany during the late 15th Century. It was influenced by the peaks and ridges of Gothic architecture and art of the period and by the 1480's it was considered to be the best armour in Europe. It was worn by knights and nobles on both sides in the Wars of the Roses where it afforded excellent protection against the arrow storms associated with the battles of this period. The Suit of Gothic Armour or "harness" as it was known as, is hand crafted from 18 gauge steel and features adjustable leather straps and chainmail skirt. It is mostly, but not fully, articulated allowing it to be worn for some applications. The legs feature the least degree of articluation and are really designed with display in mind. The upper body, arms and helmet are fully articulated. Please note that this armour can only be worn by people of average build. If your waist is over 34" or you are taller than 5'10" this armour will not fit very well if at all. Comes complete with stand. This armour is not suitable for reenactment. This item ships in 2 boxes and requires assembly.
This style of Roman Legionary Helmet or "galea" dates from the 1st Century BC to the 2nd century AD. It is of the "Imperial Gallic G" type, a style influenced heavily by the craftsmen of Gaul (France), This style of helmet was no doubt worn by Roman Legionaries during Julius Caesar's invasion of Britain and was worn by the soldiers that garrisoned Hadrian's Wall. The horsehair crest which runs from front to back indicates that this helmet was worn by a legionary officer but not a centurion as their crests would be worn side-to-side.
The Roman Officer's Helmet is hand crafted from steel and brass and features hinged cheek pieces and brass decoration. The crest is genuine horse hair and is removable. Comes complete with separate padded lining cap. 18 gauge steel construction. This helmet is an authentic replica and is popular with re-enactors.
The Tudor Burgonet was a 16th century cavalry helmet that was often worn with a "Falling Buffe" to protect the face. The Border Reivers of the English-Scottish borderlands were very fond of burgonets in the Elizabethan era, a result of this is that reivers were often called steil (steel) bonnets.
The Tudor Burgonet is hand crafted from polished steel and has hinged cheek pieces, a detachable visor (falling buffe - held in place with a buckled leather strap) and brass decoration. Comes complete with separate padded lining cap. 18 gauge steel construction - not recommended for reenactment.
The Sutton Hoo Helmet is one of only four known surviving Anglo-Saxon helmets. The original is now on display in the British Museum. It was made from iron with tinned-bronze decorative plates and is the most exquisitely crafted of all the known early medieval helmets from anywhere in Northern Europe. The helmet was heavily adorned with decoration with many intricate features such a flying dragon and boars heads. Similar designs have been found on objects from Sweden and Germany and scholars still argue over their meaning. There are four kings that this helmet may have belonged to: Raedwald who was overlord of the English kingdoms between AD616 and his death (at the latest in 627, probably in 625/626), Eorpwald (died 627/628) and co-regents Sigebert and Ecric, who both died fighting Penda of Mercia in AD637.
Our Sutton Hoo Helmet is hand crafted from steel and brass and features hinged cheek pieces and a leather lining. It is unique and unusual display piece that never fails to impress and the adjustable leather liner allows it to be worn if you so wish.
The Knights Templar were a powerful crusading order of knights founded in the 11th Century with many of their numbers recruited from England and France. There are many Templar castles and churches throughout England including the Temple Church in London, made famous in The Da Vinci Code.The Knights Templar Sword is the most popular sword in our collection. The sword features a forged steel blade with solid brass pommel and guard - both adorned with the Templar Cross in red enamel. Comes complete with leather scabbard with and baldric shoulder belt. This item has a blunt blade and is manufactured for display only.
If you do not have the space for a full size sword why not consider purchasing the matching Knights Templar Dagger instead.
Forged steel blade
Solid brass pommel and guard
Comes with leather scabbard and baldric shoulder beltMade for display only
This clever device is the perfect (almost) invisible way to wall mount your sword or dagger. The scissor mechanism grips the blade tightly just below the cross-guard allowing the sword to hang vertically - or at an angle if you provide support at the tip of the blade (a nail or screw will usually suffice). The mounts are designed to hold the sword flat against the wall and are only suitable for medieval style swords with cross-guards.
Not recommended for Roman style swords or Rapiers
Comes complete with screw and wall plug
Maximum blade width 7cm
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