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

Luxury Chess Sets

(Pieces Only) The House of Staunton produces the finest luxury chess sets in the world, with prices starting at $395 and handcrafted from such luxurious materials as Genuine Ebony, Blood Rosewood, and 40,000 year-old Wooly Mammoth Ivory.

Wood Chess Sets

(Pieces Only) The House of Staunton Wood chess sets are affordable, yet exceptionally well-crafted. Starting at only $59.00, our wood chess sets are handcrafted out of such exquisite woods as Genuine Ebony, Blood Rosewood, Rosewood and Golden Rosewood.

Wood Chess Sets

(With Board and Box) The House of Staunton wood chess sets are the easy way to buy a Wood Chess Sets, complete with a Chess Board and a Chess Box. No more worrying about wood color combinations or correct square sizes - let us take the guesswork out of purchasing!

Themed Chess Sets

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Isle of Lewis Chess Set, Richard the Lionheart Chess Set and the Battle of Hastings are just a few of the Themed Chess Sets available at the House of Staunton. With our everyday low prices and same day shipping, why buy a Themed Chess Set anywhere else?

Jaques Chess Sets

Jaques of London is one of the world's most recognized names in the manufacturing of wood chess sets. Renowned for their long, illustrious history (since 1794) and unparalleled collectibility, Jaques of London Chess Sets make a wonderful addition to any chess collection.

Plastic Chess Sets

(Pieces Only) The House of Staunton is your one-stop shop for all of your plastic chess set needs. Whether you're looking for plastic chess sets for a chess club, a classroom, or an upcoming chess tournament, we offer the largest selection and low prices on plastic chess sets.

Luxury Wooden Chess Boards

For the discerning chess collector, the House of Staunton is proud to offer our luxury Wooden Chess Boards for your purchasing consideration. You won't find a wider selection or lower prices on Luxury Wooden Chess Boards anywhere else!

Wooden Chess Boards

The House of Staunton has Wooden Chess Boards of all types and for all budgets. No matter what style Wooden Chess Board you are looking for, no matter what price range you are interested in, you'll find the perfect Wooden Chess Board at the House of Staunton.

Chess Boards

You can't play Chess without a Chess Board! The House of Staunton offers the widest selection of Chess Boards on the Internet at unbelievably low prices. You'll find the Chess Board that is right for you at the House of Staunton.

Chess Clocks

Looking for a new Chess Clock but unsure about which Chess Clock is right for you? Our trained chess specialists are just a mouse click / phone call away! All of our chess specialists are well trained in the area of chess clocks and they'll help you find the chess clock that is perfect for you and your specific chess needs.

Chess Bags

The House of Staunton makes it easy to take your chess gear on the go with our wide selection of Chess Bags. We have the highest quality and widest selection of Tournament Chess Bags, Club Chess Bags and even Chess Board Carrying Bags, all of which will withstand years of use and abuse!

Club Chess Sets

The House of Staunton Club Chess Sets are designed with the scholastic chess player in mind. Each Club Chess set comes with a set of chess pieces, chess board and chess bag, making them perfect for children. With significant bulk discounts also available, they are great for schools and chess clubs!

Chess Books

The House of Staunton is the home for Chess Books on the Internet. We offer more than 2,000 Chess Books from such leading publishers as Everyman Chess, Gambit Publications, New in Chess, Batsford, Caissa Editions, ISHI Press and countless 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, Windows CE and even Linux! We won't be beat when it comes to our selection or pricing on Chess Software – Period!

Chess DVDs & Videos

The House of Staunton is proud to offer instructional Chess DVDs from all of the leading Chess DVD publishers, including Empire Chess, ChessLecture.com, ChessDVDs.com, Chess King, and Killer Chess – at prices that can't be beat!

 

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 Nothern 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. Cook 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. Cook 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 Chmmpion. 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 equalled - 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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