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

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 Sets It is often said that owning a House of Staunton luxury chess set is like owning a piece of chess history! We invite you to own your own little piece of chess history with one of our luxury chess sets. We are confident you'll agree that the House of Staunton luxury chess sets are the finest in the world - bar none!

Chess Sets

Chess Sets Travel chess sets? CHECK! Plastic chess sets? CHECK! Wood chess sets? CHECK! Luxury chess sets? CHECK! The House of Staunton is proud to be the largest chess set retailer on the Internet. No matter what kind of chess set you are looking for, you will find it at the House of Staunton

Wood Chess Sets

(With Board and Box) Wood Chess Sets The House of Staunton has the widest selection of wood chess sets on the internet. With prices starting at only $129.00, we have the perfect wood chess set for any and all of your chess needs. Shop now and find the wood chess set that's right for you!

Themed Chess Sets

(Pieces Only) Themed Chess Sets
The chess specialists at the House of Staunton are proud to offer our themed chess set collection. We've paired up our favorite themed chess pieces with chess boards to create the perfect themed chess sets.

Bone Chess Pieces

Bone Chess PiecesThe House of Staunton offers the world's finest bone chess pieces. We invite you to browse our catalog and experience the artistic majesty of our bone chess pieces collection for yourself.

Plastic Chess Sets

(Pieces Only) Plastic Chess SetsThe House of Staunton has an unbelievable selection of plastic chess sets at the Internet's lowest prices. We have tournament plastic chess sets, club plastic chess sets and travel plastic chess sets in stock and ready to ship.

Chess Boxes

Chess Boxes We at the House of Staunton recognize that many of our customers look at purchasing one of our luxury wood chess sets as if it was a financial investment. And like most investments, you want to do everything you can to protect that investment. With that in mind, we are proud to offer the ultimate insurance policy on your investment - a House of Staunton-brand Chess Box.

Plastic Chess Pieces

Plastic Chess PiecesLooking for the perfect set of plastic chess pieces for your school, chess club or group? The House of Staunton offer's the internet's widest selection of plastic chess pieces at unbelievably low prices. You won't find a better selection or lower prices anywhere.

Themed Chess Pieces

Themed Chess Pieces The House of Staunton is proud to be North America's largest retailer for Studio Anne Carlton themed chess pieces. We have over 20 different styles of themed chess pieces available, including the best selling Isle of Lewis and Battle of Hastings, All in stock and ready for immediate shipment.

Luxury Wood Chess Boards

Handcrafted in the United States out of such exotic timbers as Walnut Burl, Amboyna Burl, Cocobolo, Bocote and Padauk, The House of Staunton offers the finest luxury wood chess boards in the world. Click here to browse our extensive luxury wood chess board offerings.

Wood Chess Boards

Whether you're looking for an affordable wood chess board to use with your children or a luxury wood chess board to decorate your house, The House of Staunton is your source for the finest Wooden Chess Boards in the world. With wood chess boards ranging from $39 to $5,000, we truly have a wood chess board for everyone!

Chess Boards

The House of Staunton chess boards come in all sizes and materials. We proudly offer Mouse Pad chess boards, Vinyl chess boards, Paper chess boards, Wooden chess boards. You won't find more chess boards anywhere else!

Chess Clocks

Chess Clocks The House of Staunton has the widest selection of chess clocks in the world, all available at the lowest prices. You won't find a better selection of chess clocks on the Internet! Why shop for chess clocks anywhere else?

Chess Bags

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

Tournament Chess Sets

Tournament Chess Sets Tournament chess sets from the House of Staunton are the perfect combination of quality and affordability. There's no better place to shop for tournament chess sets, all of which are designed with the serious tournament chess player in mind.

Chess Books

Chess Books The House of Staunton has 2,000 chess books and Chess Magazines, in stock and ready to ship, including hundreds of rare and out-of-print chess books that aren't available anywhere else! Shop for chess books today!

Chess Software

Chess SoftwareThe House of Staunton proudly offers Chess Software from all of your favorite publishers, including ChessBase, Convekta, Chess King and More! You won't find lower prices or a wider selection.

Chess DVDs & Videos

Chess DVDs & Videos The House of Staunton has more chess DVDs and chess eDVDs available than another on the Internet. We have the complete line of chess DVDs from Empire Chess, Chess Lecture Foxy Openings, Roman's Lab, Killer Chess, Chess for Anyone, Susan Polgar, Dr. Danny Kopec and Chess King. We will not be beat when it comes to chess DVDs!


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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