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    Manufacturer of the World's Finest 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 Sets It is often said that owning a House of Staunton luxury chess set is like owning a piece of chess history! We invite you to own your own little piece of chess history with one of our luxury chess sets. We are confident you'll agree that the House of Staunton luxury chess sets are the finest in the world - bar none!

    Chess Sets

    Chess Sets Travel chess sets? CHECK! Plastic chess sets? CHECK! Wood chess sets? CHECK! Luxury chess sets? CHECK! The House of Staunton is proud to be the largest chess set retailer on the Internet. No matter what kind of chess set you are looking for, you will find it at the House of Staunton

    Wood Chess Sets

    (With Board and Box) Wood Chess Sets The House of Staunton has the widest selection of wood chess sets on the internet. With prices starting at only $129.00, we have the perfect wood chess set for any and all of your chess needs. Shop now and find the wood chess set that's right for you!

    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.

    Luxury Wood Chess Boards

    The House of Staunton offers the world's finest luxury wood chess boards for the discerning collector. You won't find a finer luxury wood chess board anywhere in the world. Why settle for less when you can own a House of Staunton luxury wood chess board?

    Wood Chess Boards

    The House of Staunton is proud to offer the world's finest wood chess boards. Our wood chess boards adhere to the highest quality standards in the industry and will endure many years of use. We invite you to experience the quality difference at the House of Staunton.

    Chess Boards

    Whether you're looking to purchase inexpensive vinyl chess boards for your local chess club or a beautiful wood 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 any occasion.

    Chess Clocks

    Chess Clocks The House of Staunton is the internet's premier shop for all of your chess clock needs. We offer the widest selection of digital chess clocks and mechanical chess clocks, all at industry-leading low prices!

    Chess Bags

    Chess Bags Serious about chess? Then you need a serious chess bag! The House of Staunton line of 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. .

    Tournament Chess Sets

    Tournament Chess Sets The House of Staunton is the leading manufacturer of tournament chess sets. You won't find a wider selection or low prices on tournament chess sets anywhere else! Get ready for your next tournament at the House of Staunton.

    Chess Books

    Chess Books The House of Staunton has 2,000 chess books and Chess Magazines, in stock and ready to ship, including hundreds of rare and out-of-print chess books that aren't available anywhere else! Shop for chess books today!

    Chess Software

    Chess SoftwareThe House of Staunton proudly offers Chess Software from all of your favorite publishers, including ChessBase, Convekta, Chess King and More! You won't find lower prices or a wider selection.

    Chess DVDs & Videos

    Chess DVDs & Videos The House of Staunton has more chess DVDs and chess eDVDs available than another on the Internet. We have the complete line of chess DVDs from Empire Chess, Chess Lecture Foxy Openings, Roman's Lab, Killer Chess, Chess for Anyone, Susan Polgar, Dr. Danny Kopec and Chess King. We will not be beat when it comes to chess DVDs!

     

    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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