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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) The House of Staunton is the manufacturer of the world's finest luxury chess sets. We invite you to browse our vast luxury chess set offerings and see for yourself why we are the preeminent luxury chess set manufacturer in the world. Why settle for less?

Chess Sets

Chess sets from the House of Staunton make terrific gifts! Our team of experienced chess set specialists are available via phone, email and live chat to answer all of your chess set questions. It's never been easier to find that perfect chess set for the chess player in your life.

Wood Chess Sets

(With Board and Box) The House of Staunton offers the finest wood chess sets in the world. Whether you're looking for an inexpensive wood chess set for casual play or an luxury wood chess set to show off your artistic side, you'll find the perfect chess set at The House of Staunton.

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

The House of Staunton is proud to offer the world's finest bespoke luxury wood chess boards. Our master craftsmen can custom create the perfect luxury wood chess board for you. You pick the woods and the design, and we'll make the luxury wood chess board of your dreams!

Wood Chess Boards

Crafted from exotic woods, including Walnut Burl, Padauk, Rosewood and African Palisander, The House of Staunton wood chess boards are the perfect combination of quality and affordability. You won't find a better selection of wood chess boards anywhere!

Chess Boards

The House of Staunton has the widest selection of chess boards in the world. We invite you to discover what countless chess enthusiasts know - The House of Staunton offers the world's finest chess boards.

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 home for your favorite chess book authors on the Internet. We have the widest selection of chess books from such legendary authors as Mark Dvoretsky, Jeremy Silman, Yasser Seirawan, Bobby Fischer and Garry Kasparov.

Chess Software

Chess SoftwareThe House of Staunton proudly offers the widest selection of chess software, including Deep Fritz, Deep Junior, Shredder ChessBase, Chess Assistant, Chess King, Komodo and many more! You won't find a better selection of chess software, or lower prices, anywhere else!

Chess DVDs & Videos

Chess DVDs & Videos The House of Staunton is proud to offer the widest selection of chess DVDs and chess eDVDs in the world, all available at our everyday low price and ready for immediate shipping/delivery. We invite you to browse our vast offerings of chess DVDs and chess eDVDs.


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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