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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 offer the world's largest selection of chess pieces. Our unmatched commitment to quality and industry-leading customer service makes the House of Staunton the logical choice for all of your chess piece needs. Don't settle for less!

Wood Chess Pieces

Wood Chess Pieces The House of Staunton wood chess pieces are exceptionally well crafted, yet surprisingly affordable. Our wood chess pieces are handcrafted by our master craftsmen out of such luxurious woods as Ebony, Blood Rosewood, Cocobolo and African Blackwood.

Luxury Chess Pieces

Luxury Chess Pieces The House of Staunton has established a well-deserved reputation for our luxury chess pieces being unequaled in quality and craftsmanship. We invite you to discover what it's like to own the finest luxury chess pieces in the world - Exclusively from the House of Staunton!

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
Not quite sure which chess board goes best with a particular set of themed chess pieces? Let us pick it for you! Our themed chess sets ensure a perfect match and takes the worry out of buying a themed chess set.

Bone Chess Pieces

Bone Chess PiecesWhether your looking for a set of Staunton bone chess pieces for traditional play or a artistic set of bone chess pieces to decorate your house, you'll find them at The House of Staunton. We are the internet's leading bone chess piece retailer.

Plastic Chess Sets

(Pieces Only) Plastic Chess SetsBuying plastic chess sets can be a little intimidating. We invite you to contact us and allow one of our highly trained chess set specialists to help you find the plastic chess set that is perfect for you.

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

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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