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Exhibitions and Productions
Featuring Items from Arms & Armor


We have worked with The Wallace Collection for over 20 years crafting reproductions and doing research on Medieval Arms and Armor. Our most recent collaboration involved the exhibit "Making The Renaissance Sword"



The beautiful writhen rapier they have in their collection was the basis for a series of reproductions showing several steps in the construction of a rapier, as the renaissance craftsmen would have approached the project. The result is a series of hilts ranging from raw components to a full-scale reproduction of the original sword.




The construction of these different elements where done mainly with forge and hand tools. The detail of the writhed bars where hammered to shape then refined with file work.




The grip was formed of a body of hardwood and then the different twisted wire strands where wrapped about the core followed by the turks heads being added at the top and bottom.



Museums that have used A&A items for exhibits and interpretation:

The Art Institute of Chicago IL
Elizabeth II Museum NC
Higgins Museum Worcester MA
The ship Godspeed at Jamestown Settlement
Länsmuseet Halmstad Sweden
Royal Armouries Leeds UK
Albuquerque Museum of Art
Sulgrave Manor UK
Texas State History Museum
Wallace Collection London UK
Witte Museum San Antonio TX—The Thundering Hooves Exhibit
Frazier Arms Museum Louisville KY
Livrustkammaren—Royal Armoury Stockholm Sweden
Hampton Court Palace—London UK
Folger Shakespeare Library—Washington DC

Productions using A&A items:

Film and Promotion:
America Unearthed- 2 episodes
Minnesota Originals
Season of the Witch
Elizabeth: The Golden Age
• Arms in Action Series—BBC
• Atilla USA Network—Promotional material
• Best Buy Commercial—2 episodes
Deadly Duels—1996: Discovery Channel 3 episodes
Just Visiting 2001 Buena Vista
• Knights Inn Commercial—2 episodes
Lets Bowl—Comedy Central 1 episode
Life in the Middle Ages Educational • Video Series
• Minnesota Lottery Commercial—2 episodes
• Minnesota Renaissance Fair Commercials
Newton's Apple—PBS 1 episode
Renaissance Man 1994 Touchstone
• US Armed Services Network—4 projects

Theatre productions:
ACT San Francisco
Actors Theatre of Louisville
• Alabama Shakespeare Festival
Allenberry Playhouse PA
Arena Stage D.C.
• Brandis Univ. Stingold Theatre MA
• Canadian Opera Company Toronto
• Canon Theatre Beverly Hills CA
Chicago Shakespeare Theatre
Chekhov Theatre Ensemble NY
• Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival OH
• Conan Show Universal Studio Tours CA
• Columbia College Dept. of Theatre IL
The Children's Theatre Minneapolis MN
Drury Lane Oakbrook Theatre
• Duke Univ. Theatre Dept
El Paso Assc. of the Performing Arts
Georgia Shakespeare Festival
The Guthrie Theatre Minneapolis MN
The Human Race Theatre Co. OH
Hartford Stage Co.CN
• Illinois Shakespeare Festival
Knighthorse Theatre Company RI
Louisiana Tech. Univ. Theatre Dept.
• Loyola Univ. Chicago
Marriott Licolnshire Theatre IL
MCC Theatre NY
Merrimack Repertory Theatre MA
The Lost Colony NC
• Milwaukee Repertory Theatre
• Minnesota Opera
• Montana Shakespeare in the Park
• Nebraska Shakespeare Festival
• New Mexico State Univ. Theatre Arts Dept.
New York Shakespeare Festival
• New York City Opera
• North Carolina Shakespeare Festival
North Shore Music Theatre MA
• Oklahoma State Drama Dept.
• Orlando Shakespeare Festival
• Penn State Theatre Dept.
• Regent Univ. Dept of Theatre Arts VA
• Roundabout Theatre NYC
Sacramento Music Circus CA
• San Francisco Ballet
• School of Theatre Arts Wesleyan Univ. IL
• Seattle Children's Theatre WA
• Seattle Repertory Theatre WA
Shakespeare Festival LA
Shakespeare & Company MA
Shakespeare Theatre Company, Washington D.C.

Talisman Theatre Elgin IL
• Tyger's Heart Shakespeare Co.OR
Traveling Lantern Theatre CA
• TCU Dept of Theatre
• Theatre de la Jeune Lune, Minneapolis MN
• Tufts Univ. Dept. of Drama & Dance
• Univ. of Houston Drama Dept.
• Univ. of Iowa Theatre Dept.
• Univ. of Kansas Theatre and Film
• Univ. Wisconsin Madison
• UNLV Dept. of Theatre NV
• Utah Shakespeare Festival
• VCU Theatre Dept
• Virginia Shakespeare Festival
• Walt Disney Theatrical Prod, NY

Awards and Recognition:

The Knight, Life in the Middle Ages series
• 2002 NAPPA Children's Resources Honors Award winner
• 2002 Parents' Choice Silver Honor Award winner
• 2002 Telly Award Finalist