The House of Staunton

 

 

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

Luxury Chess Sets

(Pieces Only) Looking for the perfect luxury Chess set? Look no further than the House of Staunton! Whether you're looking for a Staunton chess set or an artistic chess set, you'll find the perfect luxury chess set at the House of Staunton.

Wood Chess Sets

(Pieces Only) The House of Staunton offers the world's finest wood chess sets. Whether your looking for an inexpensive wood Chess set for casual play or an heirloom quality wood chess set to showcase in your home, you'll find the perfect chess set at The House of Staunton.

Wood Chess Sets

(With Board and Box) Save up to 25% when you purchase a House of Staunton wood chess sets! Our chess specialists have put together the perfect wood chess set, chess board and chess box combinations at incredible savings (when compared to purchasing the items separately).

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

Looking for a unique Luxury Wooden Chess Board? All of the Luxury Wooden Chess Boards offered by the House of Staunton can be custom manufactured to your exact specifications. Now you can create the Chess Board that is truly perfect for you!

Wooden Chess Boards

Across the world, the House of Staunton has established itself as the leading manufacturer of Wooden Chess Boards. Each year, we sell thousands of Wooden Chess Boards to customers from across the world because of our legendary quality and affordable prices.

Chess Boards

Looking for a high quality Chess Board? You've come to the right place! All Chess Boards offered by the House of Staunton are of the highest quality. Why settle for less when you can own a genuine House of Staunton Chess Board!

Chess Clocks

The House of Staunton is your complete, one-stop shop for all of your Chess Clock needs. We are an authorized reseller of BHB, INSA, DGT Projects, Saitek and Excalibur-brand Chess clocks. We even offer our own line of high quality, yet affordable Analog Chess Clocks that are available in a variety of colors.

Chess Bags

Serious about chess? Then you need a serious Chess Bag! The House of Staunton Deluxe Tournament Chess Bags and Standard Tournament Chess Bags were designed with the serious chess player in mind, offering all of the features you could possibly want in a Chess Bag - even has a mesh pocket for your drink! .

Tournament Chess Sets

All House of Staunton Tournament Chess Sets meet exceed all U.S. Chess Federation and FIDE (World Chess Federation) requirments for official chess tournament play. You won't find a wider selection or low prices on Tournament Chess Sets anywhere else! Shop today and get ready for your next tournament.

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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