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The Internet's Largest Selection of Chess Sets and Chess Boards

Luxury Chess Sets

(Pieces Only) The House of Staunton produces the finest luxury chess sets in the world, with prices starting at $395 and handcrafted from such luxurious materials as Genuine Ebony, Blood Rosewood, and 40,000 year-old Wooly Mammoth Ivory.

Wood Chess Sets

(Pieces Only) The House of Staunton Wood chess sets are affordable, yet exceptionally well-crafted. Starting at only $59.00, our wood chess sets are handcrafted out of such exquisite woods as Genuine Ebony, Blood Rosewood, Rosewood and Golden Rosewood.

Wood Chess Sets

(With Board and Box) The House of Staunton wood chess sets are the easy way to buy a Wood Chess Sets, complete with a Chess Board and a Chess Box. No more worrying about wood color combinations or correct square sizes - let us take the guesswork out of purchasing!

Themed Chess Sets

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Studio Anne Carlton Themed Chess Sets are the finest Themed Chess Sets in the world, offering such popular themes as Isle of Lewis Chess Set, American Civil War Chess Set and Lord of the Rings Chess Set. Prices Starting at $99.00

Jaques Chess Sets

Founded in 1794, Jaques of London is the world's oldest game company and introduced the original Staunton Pattern Chess sets in 1849. Jaques Chess Sets are considered to the gold standard by which all other Chess sets are compared. Prices Starting at $999.00

Plastic Chess Sets

(Pieces Only) The House of Staunton Plastic Chess Sets are the highest quality and come in all styles, sizes and materials. Collector Chess Set, Marshall Chess Set, Hastings Chess Set, Tournament Chess Sets, and even Analysis Chess Sets.

Luxury Wooden Chess Boards

Looking for a unique Luxury Wooden Chess Board? All of the Luxury Wooden Chess Boards offered by the House of Staunton can be custom manufactured to your exact specifications. Now you can create the Chess Board that is truly perfect for you!

Wooden Chess Boards

Across the world, the House of Staunton has established itself as the leading manufacturer of Wooden Chess Boards. Each year, we sell thousands of Wooden Chess Boards to customers from across the world because of our legendary quality and affordable prices.

Chess Boards

Looking for a high quality Chess Board? You've come to the right place! All Chess Boards offered by the House of Staunton are of the highest quality. Why settle for less when you can own a genuine House of Staunton Chess Board!

Chess Clocks

Whether you are looking for a digital chess clock or a mechanical chess clock, you will find it at the House of Staunton. We have the largest offering of chess clocks in the world, all of which are in stock and ready to ship immediately! You won't find a better value for chess clocks anywhere on the Internet.

Chess Bags

The House of Staunton makes it easy to take your chess gear on the go with our wide selection of Chess Bags. We have the highest quality and widest selection of Tournament Chess Bags, Club Chess Bags and even Chess Board Carrying Bags, all of which will withstand years of use and abuse!

Club Chess Sets

Did you know that the House of Staunton offers bulk pricing discounts on its Club Chess Sets? The more Club Chess Sets that you buy, the more money you save! Our Tournament Chess Sets are a terrific value for any chess club, team, or organizations that needs to buy chess gear in bulk.

Chess Books

The House of Staunton is the world's largest specialty retailer of Chess Books and Chess Magazines. We have nearly 2,000 Chess Books in stock and ready to ship, including hundreds of rare and out-of-print Chess Books that aren't available anywhere else!

Chess Software

The House of Staunton proudly offers Chess Software from all of your favorite publishers, including ChessBase, Convekta, Chess King and More! You won't find a better selection anywhere, all in stock and ready to ship the same day!

Chess DVDs & Videos

The House of Staunton has more Chess DVDs available for sale than anyone else! We have the complete line of Chess DVDs from Foxy Openings, Roman's Lab, Killer Chess, Chess for Anyone,Susan Polgar, Dr. Danny Kopec and Chess King.

 

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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