A collection featuring the Isle of Lewis Chess Set


In this category we offer a fine selection of character themed chess sets featuring the very popular Isle of Lewis Chess Sets. Our collection of lewis chess pieces and sets are made here in the United Kingdom. Why buy your Lewis set from us? Simply put, all other sets are inferior and mass imported from China!  Rest assured buying your Isle of lewis set from The Official Staunton Chess Company is crucial if you're looking for a perfect replication of this much sought and popular set. We hope you enjoy our Lewis chess set collection.


The Isle of Lewis Chess Set

Unexpectedly discovered on a shoreline on the Isle of Lewis in Scotland in 1831. They were cut from walrus ivory and whale tooth between around 1150 and 1200. At the point when discovered some were recoloured red, recommending that the first shading blend of the pieces was red and white. The chess pieces were presumably made in Norway. As of now the Isle of Lewis was a piece of the kingdom of Norway. The chess pieces may have been covered by a trader going along the exchange course from Scandinavia to Ireland.

Where did chess begin?

Chess started in India after 500 BC and had landed in Christian Europe through the Islamic world by in any event the AD 990s. The first Indian and Islamic diversion was adjusted to reflect medieval European culture, so that the Indian war elephant was supplanted with the figure of the diocesan. The rooks gnawing their shields take after the Viking berserker of Norse myth, while the stance of the rulers is gotten from portrayals of the lamenting Virgin Mary. The pawns, without any human elements, mirror the conceptual pieces utilized as a part of the Islamic rendition of the diversion.

Likely made in Scandinavia, thought to be Norway, about AD 1150-1200 | Found on the Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland

The chess pieces comprise of intricately worked walrus ivory and whales' teeth in the types of situated rulers and rulers, mitred diocesans, knights on their mounts, standing jailers and pawns fit as a fiddle of pillars.

They were found in the region of Uig on the Isle of Lewis in secretive circumstances. Different stories have developed to clarify why they were covered there, and how they were found. All that is sure is that they were discovered sooner or later before 11 April 1831, when they were displayed in Edinburgh at the Society of Antiquaries for Scotland. The exact findspot appears to have been a sand rise where they may have been set in a little, drystone chamber.

Who possessed the chess pieces? Why were they covered up? While there are no firm responses to these inquiries, it is conceivable that they had a place with a vendor setting out from Norway to Ireland. This appears to be likely since there are constituent pieces - however with a few components missing - for four particular sets. Their general condition is amazing and they don't appear to have been utilized much, if by any stretch of the imagination.

Before the end of the eleventh century, chess was an extremely famous amusement among the gentry all through Europe. The Lewis chess pieces shape the biggest single surviving gathering of items from the period that were made only for recreational purposes. The topic of exactly where they were made is a troublesome one to determine.

At the point when Sir Frederic Madden initially distributed the finds in 1832, he considered them to be Icelandic in root. This contention has been rehashed as of late via Icelandic observers on the subject. Different powers have thought them to be Irish, Scottish or English. Each of these attributions is conceivable.

What is known with conviction is that the chessmen are enthusiastically northern in their character and are unequivocally impacted by Norse society. This is most clear in the figures of the jailers or rooks which take the type of Berserkers, savage legendary warriors drawn specifically from the Sagas. The memorable political, financial and social connections between the Outer Hebrides and Norway and its predominance of the Norse world may propose that Norway is the in all likelihood spot to have created these high status, extravagance products.

A board sufficiently huge to hold all the pieces masterminded an amusement played to cutting edge standards would have measured 82 cm over. Records express that when discovered, a percentage of the Lewis chessmen were recovered red. Thus the chessboard may have been red and white, instead of the advanced tradition of high contrast.

Of the 93 pieces known not today, 11 pieces are in Edinburgh at the National Museum of Scotland, and 82 are in the British Museum.


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