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The Widest Selection of Luxury Chess Sets and Chess Boards

Chess Pieces

Chess Pieces The House of Staunton is proud to carry on the tradition of crafting the world's finest Staunton pattern chess pieces. We offer plastic chess pieces, wood chess pieces and even themed-chess pieces. We have a set of chess pieces that's perfect for you!

Wood Chess Pieces

Wood Chess Pieces Nothing can heighten your chess-playing experience more than the feel of a finely crafted set of House of Staunton wood chess pieces. We invite you to discover for yourself why our wood chess pieces are the first choice of chess collectors everywhere.

Luxury Chess Pieces

Luxury Chess Pieces Under the guidance of the Maestro himself, Frank A. Camaratta, Jr., The House of Staunton has firmly established itself as the gold standard of luxury chess pieces. With an unmatched artistic flair and unwavering commitment to quality, our luxury chess pieces are highly sought after by collectors and players alike.

Luxury Chess Sets

(Pieces Only) 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 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) 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.

Themed Chess Sets

(Pieces Only) Themed Chess Sets
From Gods of Mythology to Lord of the Rings, from Isle of Lewis to Robin Hood, the House of Staunton has the widest selection of themed chess sets available at the internet's lowest price.

Bone Chess Pieces

Bone Chess PiecesLooking for the perfect set of bone chess pieces? Look no further than the House of Staunton! With our unbelievable selection, you'll be sure to find the perfect set of bone chess pieces at the House of Staunton.

Plastic Chess Sets

(Pieces Only) Plastic Chess SetsDid you know that the House of Staunton has more than 30 different plastic chess sets available? Nobody knows more about plastic chess sets than the House of Staunton. Why settle for less than when you can own a legend?

Chess Boxes

Chess Boxes Did you know that the House of Staunton offers a wide range of chess boxes that are designed specifically to hold your chess set? From our slidetop box to our fitted briefcase, from our Premium Box to our fitted coffer, we have the perfect chess box for you! Starting at $49.00

Plastic Chess Pieces

Plastic Chess PiecesThe House of Staunton is proud to offer the widest selection of plastic chess pieces in the world, including our best selling Collector Series, Marshall Series and Hastings Series plastic chess pieces. Elevate your chess game to the next level with a set of quality plastic chess pieces - Exclusively from the House of Staunton.

Themed Chess Pieces

Themed Chess Pieces The House of Staunton is your #1 source for Studio Anne Carlton themed chess pieces. We offered an incredible selection of themed chess pieces, some of which aren't available anywhere else, at our everyday low prices.

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

Chess Clocks Looking for a new chess clock? The House of Staunton has the widest selection of chess clocks on the Internet. We proud feature all major brands of digital and mechanical chess clocks, in stock and ready to ship at the lowest prices!

Chess Bags

Chess Bags The House of Staunton makes it easy to take your chess gear on the go with our selection of chess bags. We have the highest quality and widest selection of chess bags on the internet - even chess board carrying bags!

Tournament Chess Sets

Tournament Chess Sets Did you know that all House of Staunton tournament chess sets exceed all FIDE and U.S. Chess Federation (USCF) requirements for official chess tournament play. Gear up today!

Chess Books

Chess Books The House of Staunton has 2,000 chess books and Chess Magazines, in stock and ready to ship, including hundreds of rare and out-of-print chess books that aren't available anywhere else! Shop for chess books today!

Chess Software

Chess SoftwareThe House of Staunton proudly offers Chess Software from all of your favorite publishers, including ChessBase, Convekta, Chess King and More! You won't find lower prices or a wider selection.

Chess DVDs & Videos

Chess DVDs & Videos The House of Staunton has more chess DVDs and chess eDVDs available than another on the Internet. We have the complete line of chess DVDs from Empire Chess, Chess Lecture Foxy Openings, Roman's Lab, Killer Chess, Chess for Anyone, Susan Polgar, Dr. Danny Kopec and Chess King. We will not be beat when it comes to 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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