Isle of Lewis Chess Sets

Isle of Lewis Chess Sets

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    Isle Of Lewis Compact Celtic Chess Set - Official Staunton™
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    Isle Of Lewis Compact Celtic Chess Set
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    Lewis Compact Ivory Colour Chess Set - Official Staunton™
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    Lewis Compact Ivory Colour Chess Set
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    Isle of Lewis Chess Pieces - Official Staunton™
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    Isle of Lewis Chess Set

    You're in the right spot if you want to buy an Isle of Lewis Chess Set. This article covers some important aspects of these unique sets, including the origin, pieces, size, and price. This chess set was created from a game of chess found on the Isle of Lewis. You can read on to find out all about the features you should look for.

    Origin

    This is the mysterious Origin of the Isle of Lewis Chess Set. These pieces were discovered on the Isle of Lewis west coast on a sandy bank. They are a mix of legend and truth. They were discovered by a cattle farmer in the area. The battle for the Isle of Lewis took place in 1831. It was actually a series of battles that took place between both groups.

    In 1831, the first ever Isle of Lewis chessmen were discovered. They are exquisitely carved from walrus ivory and are likely to be of Scandinavian origin. One of the most sought-after exhibits at The British Museum is its collection of 67 Lewis chessmen. Each piece features the British Museum logotype. This is what makes this set of chessmen some of the most iconic chess sets throughout history. 

    The origin of the Isle of Lewis set of chess pieces is not known, but its rarity and beauty have led many collectors to search for it. A collector purchased eleven pieces for a private collection. J.A. purchased the remaining 82 pieces. Forrest donated the pieces later to the British Museum. The British Museum and National Museum of Scotland then displayed the Isle of Lewis chessmen.

    The Isle of Lewis chess set is still available today from several Great British manufacturers. The Official Staunton Company is one of the few companies that sell Isle of Lewis sets made in the UK. They are known for their unique style. The pieces of the Isle of Lewis chessmen were originally made from Walrus Tusks, then cast in gum moulds. For this reason, the Isle of Lewis chessmen are incredibly heavy, and the pieces are crafted with exquisite attention to detail.


    Isle Of Lewis Chess Sets is the second most popular set among collectors and players. They are based on a very early chess set whose origins are surrounded by mystery and folklore.

    At Official Staunton our range of Isle Of Lewis Chess Sets is unrivalled. Our favourite set is the National Museum set made in England. Our range has the Isle Of Lewis set for every budget, with the best chessmen set available here in the UK 

    What Is An Isle Of Lewis Chess Set?

    The Lewis chess set has turned into the second most famous chess piece outline on the planet after the famed Staunton Chessmen Set. This style was designed hundreds of years ago but was actually discovered in 1831 on the Isle of Lewis in Scotland. A full set was found buried in a chest in the sand. But its origins and owner are still unknown to this day. These original pieces are still on British soil as exhibits in the National Museum Scotland and the British Museum.  

    The Best Isle Of Lewis Chess Set

    Since its discovery in the early 1800s, the classic Isle Of Lewis-style has been reproduced by lots of brands and manufacturers. But it’s widely accepted as the best Isle Of Lewis chest set is the set made by the National Museum Scotland.

    The accuracy of their pieces is unrivalled due to the fact that they are laser copies of the originals that are housed in the museum itself. In our experience, you will find it hard to buy another Isle Of Lewis chess set that is closer to the originals.

    You can find this National Museum chess set in our range at Official Staunton. It comes beautifully packaged

    Themed Chess Sets

    They also paved the way for themed chess sets, including Game Of Thrones and Harry Potter, which lend themselves to the shape and style of Lewis Chessmen.

     

    Where To Buy Isle Of Lewis Chess Sets

    If you are looking to buy a replica Isle Of Lewis chess set you need to be wary of quality. Many sets are mass imported from China, which are usually of poorer quality with less attention to detail and historical accuracy.

    The Official Staunton range of Isle of Lewis sets contains only accurate replicas. All of our Isle Of Lewis chess sets are made in Great Britain to strict quality standards and historical moulds of the original set.

    If you need help choosing your chess set, give our team a call. We’re chess experts with years of experience. We will help you to find the perfect set for you whether you’re a player or a collector.