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The Widest Selection of Luxury Chess Sets and Chess Boards

Chess Pieces

Chess Pieces Looking for the perfect set of chess pieces? Look no further than the House of Staunton! As the world's leading manufacturer of quality chess pieces, we proudly offer hundreds of different chess pieces for your purchasing consideration. We're your complete one-stop chess set shop.

Wood Chess Pieces

Wood Chess Pieces The House of Staunton has the widest selection of wood chess pieces in the world! With more than 100 different patterns of wood chess pieces to choose from, all handcrafted out of the finest timbers, we have wood chess pieces that will satisfy all tastes and all budgets.

Luxury Chess Pieces

Luxury Chess Pieces Don't settle for less when you can own the legend - luxury chess pieces from the House of Staunton. Experience for yourself the beauty and old-world craftsmanship that has established the House of Staunton as the preeminent manufacturer of luxury chess pieces.

Luxury Chess Sets

(Pieces Only) Luxury Chess Sets Looking for the perfect luxury chess set? You've come to the right place! The House of Staunton has been meeting the needs of quality conscious chess players by offering the world's finest luxury chess sets. Our selection is unrivaled and we invite you to browse our selection.

Chess Sets

Chess SetsWhen discerning chess collectors think of chess sets, their brand of choice is the House of Staunton. First introduced in 1849, The House of Staunton has proudly carried on the Staunton pattern chess set tradition and now proudly offers more styles of chess sets than any other company in the world.

Wood Chess Sets

(With Board and Box) Wood Chess Sets The House of Staunton is the world's premier manufacturer of wood chess sets. Each of our wood chess sets is handcrafted out of the highest grade woods by our skilled artisans and adhere to the highest quality control standards in the world.

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 There's no better way to protect your favorite chess set than with a chess box from the House of Staunton. We offer a wide range of chess boxes that can accommodate virtually any chess set you own! Stop leaving your chess set out and risking the pieces being accidentally damaged.

Plastic Chess Pieces

Plastic Chess PiecesWith plastic chess pieces from the House of Staunton, you'll never have to sacrifice quality for low cost. The House of Staunton is firmly committed to offering the finest plastic chess pieces in the world, and making them available at reasonable prices. Bulk pricing discounts also available!

Themed Chess Pieces

Themed Chess Pieces The House of Staunton is an authorized reseller of Studio Anne Carlton themed chess pieces. We have an incredible offering of themed chess pieces for your buying consideration, including several exclusive to us - including the American Civil War and the American Revolution War.

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 Clocks Looking for a new chess clock? The House of Staunton has the widest selection of chess clocks on the Internet. We proud feature all major brands of digital and mechanical chess clocks, in stock and ready to ship at the lowest prices!

Chess Bags

Chess Bags The House of Staunton makes it easy to take your chess gear on the go with our selection of chess bags. We have the highest quality and widest selection of chess bags on the internet - even chess board carrying bags!

Tournament Chess Sets

Tournament Chess Sets Did you know that all House of Staunton tournament chess sets exceed all FIDE and U.S. Chess Federation (USCF) requirements for official chess tournament play. Gear up today!

Chess Books

Chess Books The House of Staunton is your #1 source for chess books. We offer more than 2,000 chess books from such leading publishers as Everyman Chess, Gambit Publications, New in Chess, Silman James, Batsford, Caissa Editions, and many more.

Chess Software

Chess SoftwareThe House of Staunton features Chess Software for all platforms. We have the world's largest selection of Chess Software for Windows, Mac and even Linux! We won't be beat at chess software.

Chess DVDs & Videos

Chess DVD & Videos Learn Chess from the world's leading chess instructors with chess DVDs and chess eDVDs. We offer an incredible selection of chess DVDs from such chess legends as Garry Kasparov, Anatoly Karpov, Yasser Seirawan, Maurice Ashley and many more. Take your chess game to the next level with instructional 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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