The House of Staunton

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The Internet's Largest Selection of Chess Sets and Chess Boards

Chess Pieces

Chess Pieces 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 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 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 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 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 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!

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?

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 ClocksThe House of Staunton is proud to be an authorized distributor of Zmart, BHB, INSA and DGT Projects chess clocks. We even offer our own line of high quality, yet affordable mechanical chess clocks and analog chess clocks!

Chess Bags

Chess Bags The House of Staunton makes it easy to gear up for your next tournament. We have the largest selection of chess bags, all of which exceed USCF Tournament Standards. Whether you're on a budget or looking for the highest quality chess bags, you'll find them here at the lowest prices.

Tournament Chess Sets

Tournament Chess Sets Experience for yourself why chess clubs and chess teams from all over the world buy their tournament chess sets from the House of Staunton. We offer the widest selection of tournament chess sets at unbelievably low prices, all in stock and ready to ship!

Chess Books

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

Chess SoftwareThe 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

Chess DVD & 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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