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Manufacturer of the World's Finest Chess Sets and Chess Boards

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 Sets 2  It is often said that owning a House of Staunton luxury chess set is like owning a piece of chess history! We invite you to own your own little piece of chess history with one of our luxury chess sets. We are confident you'll agree that the House of Staunton luxury chess sets are the finest in the world - bar none!

Chess Sets

Chess Sets 2 Travel chess sets? CHECK! Plastic chess sets? CHECK! Wood chess sets? CHECK! Luxury chess sets? CHECK! The House of Staunton is proud to be the largest chess set retailer on the Internet. No matter what kind of chess set you are looking for, you will find it at the House of Staunton

Wood Chess Sets

(With Board and Box) Wood Chess Sets 2 The House of Staunton has the widest selection of wood chess sets on the internet. With prices starting at only $129.00, we have the perfect wood chess set for any and all of your chess needs. Shop now and find the wood chess set that's right for you!

Chess Boxes

Chess Boxes 2 While we at the House of Staunton understand that you want to show off your House of Staunton Chess pieces by keeping them out on the chess board, we also recognize that it's not always practical. That is why we offer such a wide range of chess boxes for all of you storage needs! Shop today and protect your chess set!

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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