The House of Staunton

 

 

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Manufacturer of the World's Finest Chess Sets and Chess Boards

Luxury Chess Sets

(Pieces Only) The House of Staunton is proud to carry on the Staunton chess set tradition by crafting the world's finest luxury chess sets. Our luxury chess sets are crafted out of the finest woods and adhere to the highest quality standards in the chess set industry.

Wood Chess Sets

(Pieces Only) The House of Staunton is the largest retailer of wood chess sets in the world. With our team of experienced chess set specialists available to answer your questions about our wood chess sets, it has never been easier to buy the perfect wood chess set.

Wood Chess Sets

(With Board and Box) We at the House of Staunton understand that buying a wood chess set can be a daunting task. Which woods? Which square size? Which chess box? Our wood chess set combinations make it easy to find the wood chess set that is perfect for you!

Themed Chess Sets

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Isle of Lewis Chess Set, Richard the Lionheart Chess Set and the Battle of Hastings are just a few of the Themed Chess Sets available at the House of Staunton. With our everyday low prices and same day shipping, why buy a Themed Chess Set anywhere else?

Jaques Chess Sets

Jaques of London is one of the world's most recognized names in the manufacturing of wood chess sets. Renowned for their long, illustrious history (since 1794) and unparalleled collectibility, Jaques of London Chess Sets make a wonderful addition to any chess collection.

Plastic Chess Sets

(Pieces Only) The House of Staunton is your one-stop shop for all of your plastic chess set needs. Whether you're looking for plastic chess sets for a chess club, a classroom, or an upcoming chess tournament, we offer the largest selection and low prices on plastic chess sets.

Luxury Wood Chess Boards

Custom-handcrafted in the United States,The House of Staunton offers the finest Luxury Wooden Chess Boards in the world, crafted from such exotic woods as African Palisander, Padauk, Bocote and Genuine Ebony. Prices Starting at $595.00.

Wood Chess Boards

Whether you're looking for an inexpensive Wooden Chess Board to take to the chess club or an heirloom-quality Wooden Chess Board to showcase in your home, The House of Staunton is your #1 choice for the finest Wooden Chess Boards on the Internet.

Chess Boards

The House of Staunton Chess Boards are the highest quality and come in all sizes and materials... Mouse Pad Chess Boards, Vinyl Chess Boards, Paper Chess Boards, Wooden Chess Boards. You won't find more Chess Boards anywhere else!

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

When it comes to Chess Books, no one has more than the House of Staunton! We take great pride in offering the greatest selection of Chess Books anywhere on the planet. We even offer out-of-print and rare Chess Books, as well as Chess Books on eBay with auctions starting at just $0.99!

Chess Software

When it comes to Chess Software, the House of Staunton has it all! Whether you're looking for Fritz or Rybka, ChessBase Starter of Chess Assistant, we have at the House of Staunton. The world's largest selection of Chess Software is only a mouse click away!

Chess DVDs & Videos

There is no better way to learn how to play Chess than with Instructional Chess DVDs, and there's no better place to Chess DVDs than the House of Staunton. No matter which chess topics you are interested in studying, you'll find it on a Chess DVD at 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 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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