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 strikingly different from other Lewis sets as it has a full set of Berserkers for pawns and horn blowing soldiers as rooks.
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.
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 colours for these pieces are Jet Black for the dark and Antique Stone for the light. If you would prefer Antique Red or Deep Walnut instead of the Black, 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 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.