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Why Settle for Less When You Can Own the Legend!

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 SetsThe 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.

Chess Sets

Chess Sets If you're looking for the largest selection of chess sets on the Internet, you've come to the right place! The House of Staunton offers more styles of chess sets than anyone else on the Internet - or the world! You won't believe how many different chess sets we offer!

Wood Chess Sets

(With Board and Box) Wood Chess Sets 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

(Pieces Only) Themed Chess Sets
The House of Staunton has taken the guess work out of finding the perfect themed chess set. We're proud to offer a wide selection of themed chess sets for your purchasing consideration.

Bone Chess Pieces

Bone Chess PiecesLooking for a set of chess pieces that's a bit different from the norm? We invite you to consider a set of bone chess pieces from The House of Staunton. Each set of bone chess pieces is truly a work of art and would make a wonderful addition to your chess collection.

Plastic Chess Sets

(Pieces Only) Plastic Chess SetsThe House of Staunton is the Internet's premier source of plastic chess sets. 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.

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

Luxury Wood Chess BoardsThe House of Staunton is proud to carry on the Staunton chess set tradition by crafting the world's finest luxury wood chess boards. Our luxury wood chess boards adhere to the highest quality standards in the industry and are all made right here in the United States. You've never seen a more beautiful luxury wood chess board!

Wood Chess Boards

Wood Chess Boards The House of Staunton has the largest selection of wood chess boards. With an incredible 30 different styles of wood chess boards available, all of which are handcrafted in Europe or the United States, we offer wood chess boards that will satisfy all tastes and budgets.

Chess Boards

Chess Boards Looking for a high quality Chess Board? You've come to the right place! Why settle for less when you can own a genuine House of Staunton Chess Board! We have a vast selection of chess boards, of all types, sizes and materials. Why shop anywhere else?

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 the home for your favorite chess book authors on the Internet. We have the widest selection of chess books from such legendary authors as Mark Dvoretsky, Jeremy Silman, Yasser Seirawan, Bobby Fischer and Garry Kasparov.

Chess Software

Chess SoftwareThe House of Staunton proudly offers the widest selection of chess software, including Deep Fritz, Deep Junior, Shredder ChessBase, Chess Assistant, Chess King, Komodo and many more! You won't find a better selection of chess software, or lower prices, anywhere else!

Chess DVDs & Videos

Chess DVDs & Videos The House of Staunton is proud to offer the widest selection of chess DVDs and chess eDVDs in the world, all available at our everyday low price and ready for immediate shipping/delivery. We invite you to browse our vast offerings of chess DVDs and chess eDVDs.


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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