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The Widest Selection of Luxury 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

The House of Staunton is proud to offer the world's finest Luxury Wooden Chess Boards. Handcrafted in the United States by our master craftsmen, our Luxury Wooden Chess Boards adhere to the highest quality standards and are truly masterful.

Wooden Chess Boards

Crafted from exotic woods, including Striped Ebony, Greenwood, Walnut, Maple, Elm Burl, Rosewood and Mahogany, The House of Staunton Wood Chess Boards are the perfect combination of functionality and affordability,. Prices Starting at $39.00.

Chess Boards

Whether you're looking to purchase inexpensive vinyl Chess Boards for your local chess club or a beautiful Wooden 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 you!

Chess Clocks

The House of Staunton has the widest selection of Chess Clocks from such leading manufacturers as Saitek, Excalibur, DGT Projects and ZMart Fun, all available at the lowest prices anywhere. We even offer batteries - let us take the hassle out of shopping for a chess clock!

Chess Bags

The House of Staunton is proud to offer our signature line of Chess Bags. From Chess Bags for protecting your favorite Wooden Chess Board to Chess Bags for carrying your roll-up chess board, plastic chess pieces and chess clock, the House of Staunton has the chess bag that is perfect for you.

Tournament Chess Sets

The House of Staunton makes it easy to gear up for your next big tournament. We have the biggest selection of tournament chess sets that exceed all USCF Tournament Standards. Whether you're on a budget or looking for the highest quality tournament chess sets, you'll find them here at the lowest prices.

Chess Books

The House of Staunton is the home for Chess Books on the Internet. We offer more than 2,000 Chess Books from such leading publishers as Everyman Chess, Gambit Publications, New in Chess, Batsford, Caissa Editions, ISHI Press and countless more.

Chess Software

The House of Staunton features Chess Software for all platforms! We have the world's largest selection of Chess Software for Windows, Mac, Windows CE and even Linux! We won't be beat when it comes to our selection or pricing on Chess Software – Period!

Chess DVDs & Videos

The House of Staunton is proud to offer instructional Chess DVDs from all of the leading Chess DVD publishers, including Empire Chess, ChessLecture.com, ChessDVDs.com, Chess King, and Killer Chess – at prices that can't be beat!

 

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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