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Chess Pieces

Chess Pieces 3 Whether you're looking for plastic chess pieces for the chess club, or luxurious wood chess pieces for your library, we invite you to browse the House of Staunton's incredible selection. No matter what type of chess pieces you're looking for, you'll find them at the House of Staunton.

Wood Chess Pieces

Wood Chess Pieces 3 Did you know that the House of Staunton has the largest selection of wood chess pieces in the world? It's true! Why settle for less when you can own the best - a set of high quality wood chess pieces from the legendary House of Staunton!

Luxury Chess Pieces

Luxury Chess Pieces 3 Don't be fooled by low-priced imitators - The House of Staunton is the only choice for luxury chess pieces. Our luxury chess pieces have been meticulously handcrafted by master artisans to capture the old-world craftsmanship that have long defined the Staunton pattern.

Luxury Chess Sets

(Pieces Only) Luxury Chess Sets 2The House of Staunton is the oldest manufacturer of luxury chess sets on the Internet. Since 1999, our website has been satisfying the needs of discerning chess players with our legendary luxury chess sets, legendary commitment to quality and industry-leading customer service.

Chess Sets

Chess Sets 2 If you're looking for the largest selection of chess sets on the Internet, you've come to the right place! The House of Staunton offers more styles of chess sets than anyone else on the Internet - or the world! You won't believe how many different chess sets we offer!

Wood Chess Sets

(With Board and Box) Wood Chess Sets 2 We invite you to experience the masterful craftsmanship of House of Staunton wood chess sets and discover why the House of Staunton is the gold standard for wood chess sets by which all other wood chess sets are judged. Why settle for less when you can own the legend?

Chess Boxes

Chess Boxes 2 We at the House of Staunton recognize that many of our customers look at purchasing one of our luxury wood chess sets as if it was a financial investment. And like most investments, you want to do everything you can to protect that investment. With that in mind, we are proud to offer the ultimate insurance policy on your investment - a House of Staunton-brand Chess Box.

Luxury Wood Chess Boards

Luxury Chess Boards 2 Handcrafted in the United States out of such exotic timbers as Walnut Burl, Amboyna Burl, Cocobolo, Bocote and Padauk, The House of Staunton offers the finest luxury wood chess boards in the world. Click here to browse our extensive luxury wood chess board offerings.

Wood Chess Boards

Wood Chess Boards 2 Whether you're looking for an affordable wood chess board to use with your children or a luxury wood chess board to decorate your house, The House of Staunton is your source for the finest Wooden Chess Boards in the world. With wood chess boards ranging from $39 to $5,000, we truly have a wood chess board for everyone!

 

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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