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Manufacturer of the World's Finest 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) Luxury Chess SetsThe 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 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 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?

Themed Chess Sets

(Pieces Only) Themed Chess Sets
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 Pieces

Bone Chess PiecesThe 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) Plastic Chess SetsThe 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.

Chess Boxes

Chess Boxes 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.

Plastic Chess Pieces

Plastic Chess PiecesLooking for the perfect set of plastic chess pieces for your school, chess club or group? The House of Staunton offer's the internet's widest selection of plastic chess pieces at unbelievably low prices. You won't find a better selection or lower prices anywhere.

Themed Chess Pieces

Themed Chess Pieces The House of Staunton is proud to be North America's largest retailer for Studio Anne Carlton themed chess pieces. We have over 20 different styles of themed chess pieces available, including the best selling Isle of Lewis and Battle of Hastings, All in stock and ready for immediate shipment.

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 The House of Staunton is the internet's premier shop for all of your chess clock needs. We offer the widest selection of digital chess clocks and mechanical chess clocks, all at industry-leading low prices!

Chess Bags

Chess Bags Serious about chess? Then you need a serious chess bag! The House of Staunton line of Tournament chess bags were designed with the serious chess player in mind, offering all of the features you could possibly want in a chess bag. .

Tournament Chess Sets

Tournament Chess Sets The House of Staunton is the leading manufacturer of tournament chess sets. You won't find a wider selection or low prices on tournament chess sets anywhere else! Get ready for your next tournament at the House of Staunton.

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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