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Chess Pieces

Chess Pieces 3 The House of Staunton is proud to offer the world's largest selection of chess pieces. Our unmatched commitment to quality and industry-leading customer service makes the House of Staunton the logical choice for all of your chess piece needs. Don't settle for less!

Wood Chess Pieces

Wood Chess Pieces 3 The House of Staunton wood chess pieces are exceptionally well crafted, yet surprisingly affordable. Our wood chess pieces are handcrafted by our master craftsmen out of such luxurious woods as Ebony, Blood Rosewood, Cocobolo and African Blackwood.

Luxury Chess Pieces

Luxury Chess Pieces 3 The House of Staunton has established a well-deserved reputation for our luxury chess pieces being unequaled in quality and craftsmanship. We invite you to discover what it's like to own the finest luxury chess pieces in the world - Exclusively from the House of Staunton!

Luxury Chess Sets

(Pieces Only) Luxury Chess Pieces 2 The House of Staunton is the manufacturer of the world's finest luxury chess sets. We invite you to browse our vast luxury chess set offerings and see for yourself why we are the preeminent luxury chess set manufacturer in the world. Why settle for less?

Chess Sets

Chess Sets 2 Chess sets from the House of Staunton make terrific gifts! Our team of experienced chess set specialists are available via phone, email and live chat to answer all of your chess set questions. It's never been easier to find that perfect chess set for the chess player in your life.

Wood Chess Sets

(With Board and Box) Wood Chess Sets 2 The House of Staunton offers the finest wood chess sets in the world. Whether you're looking for an inexpensive wood chess set for casual play or an luxury wood chess set to show off your artistic side, you'll find the perfect chess set at The House of Staunton.

Chess Boxes

Chess Boxes 2 There's no better way to protect your favorite chess set than with a chess box from the House of Staunton. We offer a wide range of chess boxes that can accommodate virtually any chess set you own! Stop leaving your chess set out and risking the pieces being accidentally damaged.

Luxury Wood Chess Boards

Luxury Chess Boards 2The House of Staunton is proud to offer the world's finest bespoke luxury wood chess boards. Our master craftsmen can custom create the perfect luxury wood chess board for you. You pick the woods and the design, and we'll make the luxury wood chess board of your dreams!

Wood Chess Boards

Wood Chess Boards 2 Crafted from exotic woods, including Walnut Burl, Padauk, Rosewood and African Palisander, The House of Staunton wood chess boards are the perfect combination of quality and affordability. You won't find a better selection of wood chess boards anywhere!

 

The History of the Staunton Pattern Chess Pieces

During the first half of the 19th century, a surge in the global popularity of chess brought about the demand for a uniform model of chess pieces. While the variety and styles of chess pieces that were in use at the time were extensive, they were decorative in nature and considered unsuitable for play. It is important to remember that chess has historically been enjoyed by the wealthy, a fact that is reflected in the artistic designs of chess sets that dominated the marketplace. While aesthetically beautiful, the chess pieces of the period were not very practical. The chess pieces were expensive to produce, cumbersome to use, prone to tipping over and had such ornate details that they were unable to withstand the wear and tear of regular use. However the greatest disadvantage of these chess sets was the lack of uniformity of the pieces within a chess set - a player's unfamiliarity with a particular chess set could affect the outcome of the game. Complaints such as these led to the search for a standard design of chess pieces. On September 1, 1849, #58607 - An Ornamental Design for a Set of Chess-Men was registered by Mr. Nathaniel Cooke under the British Ornamental Designs Act of 1842.

 

Our research has lead us to conclude that the basis for this new design of chess pieces was the Northern Upright Chess set. Complaints about the contemporary designs of chess pieces were well established in chess circles. By starting with an extremely popular yet highly artistic chess set, Mr. Cooke was able to focus his energies solely on correcting those deficiencies. The ornate features that were most susceptible to damage were removed, resulting in a chess set that was durable and less expensive to produce. The diameter of the bases was widened for increased stability and the chess pieces were weighted with lead to minimize tip over. Before the commercial launch of these new chess pieces, Mr. Cooke convinced Howard Staunton to lend his prestigious name to the new design. Mr. Staunton was England's most celebrated Chess personality and the unofficial World Champion. The Staunton Pattern Chessmen, as they were officially known, became commercially available on September 29, 1849 and quickly became the world standard of chess pieces. Their lower production cost brought chess to the masses and did much to popularize the game.

 

Its clean, simple design has never been equaled - the Staunton Pattern chess set looks as modern today as it did upon its introduction more than 150 years ago. The House of Staunton is proud to carry on this tradition by producing the finest Staunton Pattern Chess Pieces and Chess Sets.

 

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