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Anyone know where to buy ancient relics/replicas?

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So, now that Christmas is over, the one question that always comes up, is what do I want for Christmas (and my birthday, as they're only days apart).  And it's something I struggle with since I don't have any hobbies that lend themselves to buying "stuff".  I learn about ancient history.  But I do that digitally.  So I don't buy books.  


 


One thought I had was to be able to buy ancient relics or at least quality replicas (I would never condone the illegal trade of things that should be in museums...nor could I afford it).  I'm into anything Roman, Greek, or Egyptian.  And specifically anything military related, as I'd like to be able to put some things in my office.  Does anyone buy stuff like this?  Are there websites I can go to and look?  Any help is appreciated.


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And specifically anything military related, as I'd like to be able to put some things in my office.

You could get coins with sinister war scenes, like in post 6 at http://classicalhistory.invisionzone.com/index.php/topic/29-coin-identification/... I think there is another common one holding POWs by the hair or in chains. These can be small. but you could have a case with magnifying glass top.

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For original relics I think coins are by and large the answer. You could buy recreations, there seem to be some sort of market with all the re-enactors. I know our own member Medusa is probably very knowledgeable about that. I did find this site with links to equipment makers. LINK


 


A full sized recreation of a Roman Gallic C helmet would be quite a conversation piece on your desk! This guy shows us the steps and the final look. LINK


 


 


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Armamentaria makes some great reconstructions of everything from Roman armour and weapons, to pots, pans, jewellery and clothes - there's even some Roman board games there -


 


https://www.armamentaria.com/store/


 


Also, if you want some great reconstructions of Late Roman clothing, this is a nice website -


 


http://www.medievaldesign.com/eng-prodotti-uomo.asp?form_chiave=33


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Very cool Decimus. The number of vendors available seems to indicate they get a lot of business and the quality of some of the stuff looks excellent. What's going on in the U.K., do you have legions marching around the country on weekends?


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For jewelry I can recommend the following two online shops:


 


Markus Neidhard Replik http://www.replik-shop.de/index.php?language=en&&XTCsid=83rrolauns9f5qbpevchaj4lo7


HR-Replikate http://www.hr-replikate.de/englisch/index.htm


 


For helmts, armor I can recommend the following:


Armory Marek http://www.armorymarek.com/


Ancient Empire Reproductions http://www.ancientempiresreproductions.com/AER/Ancient_Empires_Reproductions.html


and the aforementioned Armamentaria


 


Don't buy anything from Deepeeka, that's not authentic and not very usuable for re-enactment.


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Very cool Decimus. The number of vendors available seems to indicate they get a lot of business and the quality of some of the stuff looks excellent. What's going on in the U.K., do you have legions marching around the country on weekends?

 

We do have an ever growing number of re-enactment groups in the country, including the world's first ever Roman group - the Ermine Street Guard (established 1972). What I find particularly interesting is the growth of interest in doing Late Roman re-enacting - now days you get groups such as Comitatus (http://comitatus.net/index.html), although most groups focus on the Principate period. Hopefully we'll see a growth of interest in the Roman Republic, after all I find it odd that there isn't much interest in the period that gave us Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra, and Augustus.

 

I also forgot that these guys do some good Roman clothes such as tunics and togas -

 

http://www.lawrensnest.com/ez-catalog/X385623/0

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We have a very robust reenactment scene here in the U.S. when it comes to the American Civil War, especially if you live in one of the participating states. I remember when I returned from the Gulf War to North Carolina I spent a weekend at a hotel in Raleigh while there was a wedding reception conducted in Confederate garb!


 


I did find this for Roman artifacts on sale:


 


http://www.ancientresource.com/lots/roman_artifacts.html


 


 


EDIT: Ancient Roman "Crucifixion Spikes"!?! Only $375 when in stock.


 


http://www.ancientresource.com/lots/roman/crucifixion-nails-spikes.html


 


crucifixion-spike-israel-ar2182b.jpg


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Thanks so much all for the responses.  I've been looking through all the links, and as I learn what I like, I'm leaning more towards the stuff on Ancient Resources.com.  I guess I didn't realize you could actually, legally purchase relics like that.  And to own a real piece of ancient history would be great.  But I do worry about the potential for unwittingly contributing to the illegal trade of this stuff.  Can anyone vouch for the authenticity of this stuff?  Thoughts on whether or not its a good idea?  I'm interested in opinions as well as facts, as I'm not quite sure where I stand on the issue.


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Thanks so much all for the responses.  I've been looking through all the links, and as I learn what I like, I'm leaning more towards the stuff on Ancient Resources.com.  I guess I didn't realize you could actually, legally purchase relics like that.  And to own a real piece of ancient history would be great.  But I do worry about the potential for unwittingly contributing to the illegal trade of this stuff.  Can anyone vouch for the authenticity of this stuff?  Thoughts on whether or not its a good idea?  I'm interested in opinions as well as facts, as I'm not quite sure where I stand on the issue.

 

Apparently the stuff comes from old collections, museums, etc. and he has some sort of relationship with National Geographic.

 

I just found he's also a member of the Association of Dealers and Collectors of Ancient and Ethnographic Art, an organization I never knew existed until a few moments ago! http://adcaea.wildapricot.org/dealers

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I have a few coins - got ones from my most favorite periods in history ....


 


Then I have a few favorite gods and goddess ... so I just did a search on statues - and I have about 6-8 statues around my house ... Santini in Italy does a good carving .... but they are all out there .... I prefer the white alabaster ones - but there are ones in dark bronze too.


 


I also troll ebay a lot and get drinking glasses with greek key designs and other greek designs.  


 


Little things like that make me happy.  


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