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The Internet's Largest Selection of 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 Sets 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.

Chess Sets

Chess SetsWhen discerning chess collectors think of chess sets, their brand of choice is the House of Staunton. First introduced in 1849, The House of Staunton has proudly carried on the Staunton pattern chess set tradition and now proudly offers more styles of chess sets than any other company in the world.

Wood Chess Sets

(With Board and Box) Wood Chess Sets 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

(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 While we at the House of Staunton understand that you want to show off your House of Staunton Chess pieces by keeping them out on the chess board, we also recognize that it's not always practical. That is why we offer such a wide range of chess boxes for all of you storage needs! Shop today and protect your chess set!

Plastic Chess Pieces

Plastic Chess PiecesStarting a chess club and need affordable plastic chess pieces? Let the House of Staunton help you! We have a wide selection of plastic chess pieces on the Internet, all of which offer bulk pricing discounts. At the House of Staunton, the more plastic chess pieces you buy, the lower the per-unit price and the more you save!

Themed Chess Pieces

Themed Chess Pieces Themed chess pieces from the House of Staunton make the perfect chess gift. We are proud to offer the full line of Studio Anne Carlton themed chess pieces, all of which are now in stock and available for same day shipping.

Luxury Wood Chess Boards

Luxury Wood Chess BoardsThe House of Staunton is proud to carry on the Staunton chess set tradition by crafting the world's finest luxury wood chess boards. Our luxury wood chess boards adhere to the highest quality standards in the industry and are all made right here in the United States. You've never seen a more beautiful luxury wood chess board!

Wood Chess Boards

Wood Chess Boards The House of Staunton has the largest selection of wood chess boards. With an incredible 30 different styles of wood chess boards available, all of which are handcrafted in Europe or the United States, we offer wood chess boards that will satisfy all tastes and budgets.

Chess Boards

Chess Boards Looking for a high quality Chess Board? You've come to the right place! Why settle for less when you can own a genuine House of Staunton Chess Board! We have a vast selection of chess boards, of all types, sizes and materials. Why shop anywhere else?

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 the internet's largest chess book specialty shop, with nearly 2,000 chess books and Chess Magazines that are in-stock and ready to ship. Don't see the chess book that you're looking for? Ask us! We probably have it!

Chess Software

Chess SoftwareThe House of Staunton offers more than 500 different Chess Software programs available, all at our everyday low prices. No matter what Chess Software you're looking for, you'll find it here!

Chess DVDs & Videos

Chess DVDs & Videos Chess DVDs are the best way to improve your Chess! They're up to 70% more effective than chess books, and a lot more fun. If you're serious about wanting to improve your chess, we invite you to browse the more than 700 chess DVDs and 200 chess eDVDs available from the House of Staunton.


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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