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Isle of Lewis Chess Sets

Isle of Lewis Chess Sets

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The Oldest Chess Set in the Western World

The Isle Of Lewis Chess Set has legendary status and is probably the second most recognisable set of iconic chess pieces after Staunton. They gained their name from the isle of Lewis in Scotland. On a fateful day in 1831 they were discovered buried in a chest when a sand bank collapsed. It is thought that the Lewis chessmen were carved from Walrus Ivory and were actually made in Norway hundreds of years before they were re discovered. The story of how these amazing chessmen were created, lost for hundreds of years and then found again is a fascinating one. There still remains much debate about the true origins of the set and who it belongs to. Currently the original pieces are split between the National Museum Scotland and the British Museum. So they have remained on British shores. In fact both museums have become quite an authority on the pieces and have produced some amazingly accurate sets that are for sale here at Regency Chess

Mini Isle Of Lewis Chess Set

The SAC Mini Isle of Lewis Chess Set is available with fast and free shipping from UK stock. These lovely little chessmen are a superb example of the Lewis chess pieces. Due to the proportions of the Lewis chessmen it's often the case that they sets are very large when combined with a board. For those with limited space these mini versions are ideal. We also sell them combined with a chess board for the completed look.

Lewis Chessmen

There is little doubt the the Lewis Chessmen are one of the worlds most iconic design of chess piece. They are shrouded in mystery and wonder and have an incredible back story behind them. Not only do they have an incredible story to tell, but the design is absolutely fantastic too. It's worth noting that over a hundred pieces were discovered and a selection was made from these to create various different chess sets. This is why there are a few variants of Lewis chess pieces in circulation.