This listing is for a brand new Isle of Lewis chess set based upon the originals which date back to medieval times.
The Lewis Chessmen, of which there were 96 pieces, were discovered in 1831, on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland by a local shepherd. The chessmen discovered within the chamber are probably the most famous in gaming history and are the oldest complete set of chessmen ever found. Made from walrus tusk, the Lewis Chessmen are believed to be of Icelandic origin and to date back to the twelfth century.
This particular set differs from the majority of Isle of Lewis sets available to purchase in that the pieces are cast from some of the more distinctive and striking originals of the collection at the British Museum.
It is also a fair bit chunkier and more tactile to handle that the standard Lewis sets.
Each set is hand cast in a hard and durable natural mineral giving a lovely carved stone like feel, painted, stained and lacquered to give a durable high quality result yet still retaining a certain ceramic and antique finish.
This set for comes with two extra queens for those of you who are lucky enough to get a pawn all the way down to the other end of the board and don't want to scrabble around looking for something to use as an extra queen.
Unless you specify otherwise the colors for these pieces are Deep Walnut for the dark and Mellow Ivory for the light. If you would prefer Jet Black or Antique Red instead of the walnut, or the ivory, then just let me know and I'll be more than happy to oblige.... In fact, you can mix and match any of these colours if you like. If you'd like any colours that aren't listed here then let me know before you purchase and I'm sure I'd be able to accommodate you.
The king is 3.5 inches in height and the set, unpacked, weighs approx 1.8 KG and would suit a board with squares 2 inches or more.
Vinyl Chess Mat:
This set also comes with an optional vinyl chess mat/board so you can start playing as soon as you receive it. This is a black and white mat with 2 inch squares and is tough, durable and wipe clean.
Each piece is individually wrapped in bubble wrap and then the whole set. This is then packed in a sturdy cardboard box into which is packed polystyrene peanuts for extra padding. See below..
And don't forget, you can create your own bespoke set put together using any of the pieces from any of the sets in my shop in any colours you like. A real mix and match. So, for example, if you would like an Isle of Lewis set but prefer the King from a different set and/or the pawns from another set then that's no problem. As long as I currently make the pieces you can create whatever set you like. Simply request a custom order with your requirements and I'll do my best to accommodate. ☺