Isle of Lewis Chess Sets

Isle of Lewis Chess Sets for Sale

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

At Official Staunton our range of Isle Of Lewis Chess Sets is unrivalled. We have SAC marked pieces in both full-size and small-scale variants. Our favourite set is the National Museum set made in England. Our range has an Isle Of Lewis set for every budget, with set under £50 upwards to £300.

The Isle Of Lewis Teak Italian Walnut Prestige Chess Set - Official Staunton™

The Isle Of Lewis Teak Italian Walnut Prestige Chess Set

£499.00 GBP

It is said that the chessmen originated from Norway but remained undiscovered for hundreds of years. It wasn’t until 1831 that they were found by a...

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£499.00 GBP
ECC Isle of Lewis Ivory & Teak Chess Pieces - Official Staunton™
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ECC Isle of Lewis Ivory & Teak Chess Pieces

£134.00 GBP

        Carefully crafted in the UK. Intricately detailed pieces. 3.5 inch King height. Heavy stone crushed resin. Deep copper brown and rich crea...

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£134.00 GBP
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Isle of Lewis Chess Pieces & Walnut Chess Board - Official Staunton™
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Isle of Lewis Chess Pieces & Walnut Chess Board

£179.10 GBP

Carefully crafted in the UK. Intricately detailed pieces. 3.5 inch King height. Heavy stone crushed resin. Deep copper brown and rich cream finish...

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£179.10 GBP
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Isle of Lewis Chess Pieces & Mahogany Chess Board - Official Staunton™
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Isle of Lewis Chess Pieces & Mahogany Chess Board

£179.10 GBP

Carefully crafted in the UK. Intricately detailed pieces. 3.5 inch King height. Heavy stone crushed resin. Deep copper brown and rich cream finish...

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£179.10 GBP
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Isle of Lewis Chess Pieces, Solid Wood Chess Board - Official Staunton™
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Isle of Lewis Chess Pieces, Solid Wood Chess Board

£249.00 GBP

  They are owned and exhibited by the British Museum in London, which has 82 of the original pieces, and the National Museum of Scotland in Edinbur...

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£249.00 GBP
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ECC Isle of Lewis Ivory & Teak Chess Pieces, Mahogany Board & Rexine Box - Official Staunton™
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ECC Isle of Lewis Ivory & Teak Chess Pieces, Mahogany Board & Rexine Box

£299.00 GBP

English chess company has created a fantastic version of the iconic Isle of Lewis chessmen, beautifully detailed, using crushed marble, stone, ...

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National Museum Scotland Original Isle of Lewis Chess Set in Presentation Case - Official Staunton™
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National Museum Scotland Original Isle of Lewis Chess Set in Presentation Case

£161.96 GBP

    An Original National Museum Scotland Lewis Chess Set These authentic replicas have been handmade in the UK from 3D laser scans, using a simu...

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

At Official Staunton our range of Isle Of Lewis Chess Sets is unrivalled. We have SAC marked pieces in both full-size and small-scale variants. Our favourite set is the National Museum set made in England. Our range has an Isle Of Lewis set for every budget, with set under £50 upwards to £300.

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 Staunton. 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 is still unknown to this day. These original pieces are still on British soil as exhibits in the National Museum Scotland and the British Museum.

However, you can purchase your own Isle Of Lewis inspired chess set today from a variety of Great British manufacturers. Our range at Official Staunton only includes Isle Of Lewis sets made in Britain. They are famous for their distinctive style of the pieces, which are short and stout. Originally they were carved from Walrus tusk but today they are cast in gum moulds for an authentic appearance.

Lewis Chessmen

The most iconic part of the Isle Of Lewis style of chess set is the pieces. They are shaped like human figures, which were believed to be a collection of Elves and Gnomes when they were first unearthed by a peasant in 1831. This is likely because of their short and stout appearance, having large bodies and long heads. They are known as Lewis Chessmen or The Uig chessmen and are the most iconic pieces in chess history.

 

Isle Of Lewis Chess Set Size

Because of the shape and style of the pieces in an Isle Of Lewis chess set the accompanying chess board tends to be oversized to fit all the pieces in. The proportions of a standard size Isle Of Lewis set can be impressive and make for interesting game play. However, there are options if you want an Isle Of Lewis style set on a smaller scale.

SAC Mini Isle of Lewis Chess Set

For anyone who has limited space or would prefer a smaller set of these historical chess pieces, there is the SAC Mini Isle of Lewis Chess Set. Our range at Official Staunton includes both full size and small-scale variants. As complete sets so you don’t have to compromise on style or size.

 

The Best Isle Of Lewis Chess Set

Since the 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 unrivaled 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 molds 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 collector.  


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