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    Why Settle for Less When You Can Own the Legend!

    Luxury Chess Sets

    (Pieces Only) The House of Staunton is the oldest manufacturer of luxury chess sets on the Internet. Since 1999, our website has been satisfying the needs of discerning chess players with our legendary luxury chess sets, legendary commitment to quality and industry-leading customer service.

    Wood Chess Sets

    (Pieces Only) Nothing can heighten your chess-playing experience more than the feel of a finely crafted set of House of Staunton wood chess pieces. We invite you to discover for yourself why our wood chess pieces are the first choice of chess collectors everywhere.

    Wood Chess Sets

    (With Board and Box) We invite you to experience the masterful craftsmanship of House of Staunton wood chess sets and discover why the House of Staunton is the gold standard for wood chess sets by which all other wood chess sets are judged. Why settle for less when you can own the legend?

    Themed Chess Sets

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    From Gods of Mythology to Lord of the Rings, from Isle of Lewis to Robin Hood, the House of Staunton has the widest selection of themed chess sets available at the internet's lowest price.

    Bone Chess Sets

    Looking for the perfect set of bone chess pieces? Look no further than the House of Staunton! With our unbelievable selection, you'll be sure to find the perfect set of bone chess pieces at the House of Staunton.

    Plastic Chess Sets

    (Pieces Only) Did you know that the House of Staunton has more than 30 different plastic chess sets available? Nobody knows more about plastic chess sets than the House of Staunton. Why settle for less than when you can own a legend?

    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

    The House of Staunton is the internet's premier shop for all of your chess clock needs. We offer the widest selection of digital chess clocks and mechanical chess clocks, all at industry-leading low prices!

    Chess Bags

    Serious about chess? Then you need a serious chess bag! The House of Staunton line of Tournament chess bags were designed with the serious chess player in mind, offering all of the features you could possibly want in a chess bag. .

    Tournament Chess Sets

    The House of Staunton is the leading manufacturer of tournament chess sets. You won't find a wider selection or low prices on tournament chess sets anywhere else! Get ready for your next tournament at the House of Staunton.

    Chess Books

    The House of Staunton is the internet's largest chess book specialty shop, with nearly 2,000 chess books and Chess Magazines that are in-stock and ready to ship. Don't see the chess book that you're looking for? Ask us! We probably have it!

    Chess Software

    The House of Staunton offers more than 500 different Chess Software programs available, all at our everyday low prices. No matter what Chess Software you're looking for, you'll find it here!

    Chess DVDs & Videos

    Chess DVDs are the best way to improve your Chess! They're up to 70% more effective than chess books, and a lot more fun. If you're serious about wanting to improve your chess, we invite you to browse the more than 700 chess DVDs and 200 chess eDVDs available from the House of Staunton.

     

    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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