This listing is for a brand new miniature Isle of Lewis chess set based upon the originals which date back to medieval times.
The Lewis Chessmen 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 set is smaller version of the usual full sized pieces with the King being a petite 2 inches high and would suit a board with squares of one inch or more.
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.
The Set Itself:
- The King proudly on his deeply carved throne with crown and sword in hand. - The Queen on her throne with her crown. - The Bishop on his throne with miter, holding his staff. - The Knight astride his horse with shield, helmet and spear. - The Rook, a medieval style castle. - The Pawns, Berserkers with shield and sword in hand..
Each set is hand cast, painted, stained and lacquered to give a durable high quality result yet still retaining a certain ceramic and antique finish.
Unless you specify otherwise the colors for these pieces are Antique Red for the dark and Antique Ivory for the light. If you would prefer Jet Black or Deep Walnut instead of the red, 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.