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 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

Bone Chess Sets

The House of Staunton is proud to offer artisan Chess sets crafted from bone and other materials, in both exotic and historic styles and patterns.

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 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

The House of Staunton is the home for Chess Books on the Internet. We offer more than 2,000 Chess Books from such leading publishers as Everyman Chess, Gambit Publications, New in Chess, Batsford, Caissa Editions, ISHI Press and countless more.

Chess Software

The House of Staunton features Chess Software for all platforms! We have the world's largest selection of Chess Software for Windows, Mac, Windows CE and even Linux! We won't be beat when it comes to our selection or pricing on Chess Software – Period!

Chess DVDs & Videos

The House of Staunton is proud to offer instructional Chess DVDs from all of the leading Chess DVD publishers, including Empire Chess, ChessLecture.com, ChessDVDs.com, Chess King, and Killer Chess – at prices that can't be beat!

 

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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