The House of Staunton

 

 

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Manufacturer of the World's Finest Chess Sets and Chess Boards

Luxury Chess Sets

(Pieces Only) The House of Staunton has the widest selection of luxury chess sets. With more than 40 luxury chess set styles available, we invite you to discover what countless chess enthusiasts know - The House of Staunton offers the finest chess sets.

Wood Chess Sets

(Pieces Only) The House of Staunton has the widest selection of wood chess sets in the world! With an industry-leading 75 different patterns of wood chess sets available, we truly are a one-stop chess set shop with wood chess sets that will satisfy all tastes and all budgets.

Wood Chess Sets

(With Board and Box) With the House of Staunton wood chess sets, finding the perfect chess set, chess board and chess box combination is only a mouse click away! No matter what your budget, you'll find a House of Staunton Wood Chess set that far exceeds your expectations!

Themed Chess Sets

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The House of Staunton is proud to an authorized reseller of Studio Anne Carlton, manufacturer of the world's finest themed chess sets. SAC themed chess sets are hand painted by master artisans and are truly works of chess art.

Jaques Chess Sets

For more than 200 years, Jaques of London has crafted some of the finest wood Chess sets ever produced. The House of Staunton is proud to be an authorized reseller of Jaques of London Chess sets and to offer these magnificent chess sets to our customers.

Plastic Chess Sets

(Pieces Only) Get ready for your next chess tournament with a new plastic chess set from the House of Staunton! No matter what your budget, you'll find the perfect plastic chess set at the House of Staunton, available at the internet's lowest prices and with same-day shipping.

Luxury Wooden Chess Boards

The House of Staunton is proud to offer the world's finest Luxury Wooden Chess Boards. Handcrafted in the United States by our master craftsmen, our Luxury Wooden Chess Boards adhere to the highest quality standards and are truly masterful.

Wooden Chess Boards

Crafted from exotic woods, including Striped Ebony, Greenwood, Walnut, Maple, Elm Burl, Rosewood and Mahogany, The House of Staunton Wood Chess Boards are the perfect combination of functionality and affordability,. Prices Starting at $39.00.

Chess Boards

Whether you're looking to purchase inexpensive vinyl Chess Boards for your local chess club or a beautiful Wooden Chess Board to give as a gift to that special Chess player in your life, The House of Staunton has the right Chess Board for you!

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

When it comes to Chess Books, no one has more than the House of Staunton! We take great pride in offering the greatest selection of Chess Books anywhere on the planet. We even offer out-of-print and rare Chess Books, as well as Chess Books on eBay with auctions starting at just $0.99!

Chess Software

When it comes to Chess Software, the House of Staunton has it all! Whether you're looking for Fritz or Rybka, ChessBase Starter of Chess Assistant, we have at the House of Staunton. The world's largest selection of Chess Software is only a mouse click away!

Chess DVDs & Videos

There is no better way to learn how to play Chess than with Instructional Chess DVDs, and there's no better place to Chess DVDs than the House of Staunton. No matter which chess topics you are interested in studying, you'll find it on a Chess DVD at 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 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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