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    The Widest Selection of Luxury Chess Sets and Chess Boards

    Luxury Chess Sets

    (Pieces Only) Looking for the perfect luxury chess set? You've come to the right place! The House of Staunton has been meeting the needs of quality conscious chess players by offering the world's finest luxury chess sets. Our selection is unrivaled and we invite you to browse our selection.

    Wood Chess Sets

    (Pieces Only) The House of Staunton has the widest selection of wood chess pieces in the world! With more than 100 different patterns of wood chess pieces to choose from, all handcrafted out of the finest timbers, we have wood chess pieces that will satisfy all tastes and all budgets.

    Wood Chess Sets

    (With Board and Box) The House of Staunton is the world's premier manufacturer of wood chess sets. Each of our wood chess sets is handcrafted out of the highest grade woods by our skilled artisans and adhere to the highest quality control standards in the world.

    Themed Chess Sets

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    The chess specialists at the House of Staunton are proud to offer our themed chess set collection. We've paired up our favorite themed chess pieces with chess boards to create the perfect themed chess sets.

    Bone Chess Sets

    The House of Staunton offers the world's finest bone chess pieces. We invite you to browse our catalog and experience the artistic majesty of our bone chess pieces collection for yourself.

    Plastic Chess Sets

    (Pieces Only) The House of Staunton has an unbelievable selection of plastic chess sets at the Internet's lowest prices. We have tournament plastic chess sets, club plastic chess sets and travel plastic chess sets in stock and ready to ship.

    Luxury Wood Chess Boards

    The 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

    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!

    Chess Boards

    The House of Staunton has the widest selection of chess boards in the world. We invite you to discover what countless chess enthusiasts know - The House of Staunton offers the world's finest chess boards.

    Chess Clocks

    The House of Staunton has the widest selection of chess clocks in the world, all available at the lowest prices. You won't find a better selection of chess clocks on the Internet! Why shop for chess clocks anywhere else?

    Chess Bags

    The House of Staunton is proud to offer our signature line of chess bags. From chess bags for protecting your favorite wood chess board to chess bags for carrying your roll-up chess board, plastic chess pieces and chess clock, we have the chess bag that is perfect for you.

    Club Chess Sets

    Tournament chess sets from the House of Staunton are the perfect combination of quality and affordability. There's no better place to shop for tournament chess sets, all of which are designed with the serious tournament chess player in mind.

    Chess Books

    The House of Staunton is your #1 source for chess books. We offer more than 2,000 chess books from such leading publishers as Everyman Chess, Gambit Publications, New in Chess, Silman James, Batsford, Caissa Editions, and many more.

    Chess Software

    The House of Staunton features Chess Software for all platforms. We have the world's largest selection of Chess Software for Windows, Mac and even Linux! We won't be beat at chess software.

    Chess DVDs & Videos

    Learn Chess from the world's leading chess instructors with chess DVDs and chess eDVDs. We offer an incredible selection of chess DVDs from such chess legends as Garry Kasparov, Anatoly Karpov, Yasser Seirawan, Maurice Ashley and many more. Take your chess game to the next level with instructional chess DVDs!

     

    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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