This listing is for a brand new Isle of Lewis chess set based upon the originals which date back to medieval times. This is the most popular interpretation and is an excellent choice of the Lewis genre of chess set.
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 very unusual as it features the rarely used Berserker (rook) that is actually biting down on his shield with teeth showing.
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 berserker biting down on his shield with sword in hand.
The Pawns as richly carved obelisks.
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 Stone for the light. If you would prefer Jet Black, Sandstone or Deep Walnut instead of the red, or the stone, then just let me know and I'll be more than happy to oblige.... In fact, you can mix and match any of these colors if you like. If you'd like any colors that aren't listed here then let me know before you purchase and I'm sure I'd be able to accommodate you.
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The king is 3.5 inches in height and the set, unpacked, weighs approx 1.7KG and would suit a board, not included, with squares approx 1.8 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.
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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.
Estimated delivery within 4-6 weeks.