The House of Staunton

Manufacturer of the World's Finest Chess Products 

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    The Widest Selection of Luxury Chess Sets and Chess Boards

    Chess Pieces

    Chess Pieces Whether you're looking for plastic chess pieces for the chess club, or luxurious wood chess pieces for your library, we invite you to browse the House of Staunton's incredible selection. No matter what type of chess pieces you're looking for, you'll find them at the House of Staunton.

    Wood Chess Pieces

    Wood Chess Pieces Did you know that the House of Staunton has the largest selection of wood chess pieces in the world? It's true! Why settle for less when you can own the best - a set of high quality wood chess pieces from the legendary House of Staunton!

    Luxury Chess Pieces

    Luxury Chess Pieces Don't be fooled by low-priced imitators - The House of Staunton is the only choice for luxury chess pieces. Our luxury chess pieces have been meticulously handcrafted by master artisans to capture the old-world craftsmanship that have long defined the Staunton pattern.

    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
    The chess specialists at the House of Staunton are proud to offer our themed chess set collection. We've paired up our favorite themed chess pieces with chess boards to create the perfect themed chess sets.

    Bone Chess Pieces

    Bone Chess PiecesThe House of Staunton offers the world's finest bone chess pieces. We invite you to browse our catalog and experience the artistic majesty of our bone chess pieces collection for yourself.

    Plastic Chess Sets

    (Pieces Only) Plastic Chess SetsThe House of Staunton has an unbelievable selection of plastic chess sets at the Internet's lowest prices. We have tournament plastic chess sets, club plastic chess sets and travel plastic chess sets in stock and ready to ship.

    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

    Handcrafted in the United States out of such exotic timbers as Walnut Burl, Amboyna Burl, Cocobolo, Bocote and Padauk, The House of Staunton offers the finest luxury wood chess boards in the world. Click here to browse our extensive luxury wood chess board offerings.

    Wood Chess Boards

    Whether you're looking for an affordable wood chess board to use with your children or a luxury wood chess board to decorate your house, The House of Staunton is your source for the finest Wooden Chess Boards in the world. With wood chess boards ranging from $39 to $5,000, we truly have a wood chess board for everyone!

    Chess Boards

    The House of Staunton chess boards come in all sizes and materials. We proudly offer Mouse Pad chess boards, Vinyl chess boards, Paper chess boards, Wooden chess boards. You won't find more chess boards anywhere else!

    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 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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