Isle of Lewis chess pieces set

£275.00
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30168312\1

Please note the chess board is not included with these hand painted chess pieces.

This exquisite chess set is a reproduction of the Isle of Lewis chessmen, one of the most ancient chess sets in existence.

In 1831 the sea carried away a sandbank on the Isle of Lewis uncovering a mysterious building that had been buried under the sand. A peasant working nearby found what he concluded to be a collection of Elves and Gnomes. The superstitious highlander flung down his spade and fled home in horror. Superstition in Lewis had survived in a powerful form. Thus, when the peasant first looked at the group of singular little ivory figures, it was natural that they should appear as the pygmy sprites of Celtic folklore. However, he was induced by his wife to return to the spot and take the figures home. He sold them to a local collector who realised they were chessmen.

There were 78 pieces in all, belonging to eight or more sets; 67 are now in the British Museum and the rest in the National Museum, Edinburgh. Experts are unanimous in regarding them as 'the most astonishing collection of ancient chessmen in existence'.  These historical figurines have become legendary and are undoubtedly the most unique and original looking chessmen available today.  Hand-sculpted in the UK, this Isle of Lewis chess set comes complete with a beautiful presentation box.

  • Handmade in the UK
  • King size 8.89cm (3.5in)
  • Luxury wooden chess boards also available
  • Recommended board size 50cm for uncluttered ease of play

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This exquisite chess set is a reproduction of the Isle of Lewis chessmen, known as one of the most exquisite ancient chess sets in existence.

 

In 1831 the sea carried away a sandbank on the Isle of Lewis uncovering a mysterious building that had been buried under the sand. A peasant working nearby found what he concluded to be a collection of Elves and Gnomes. The superstitious highlander flung down his spade and fled home in horror. Superstition in Lewis had survived in a powerful form. Thus, when the peasant first looked at the group of singular little ivory figures it was natural that they should appear as the pygmy sprites of Celtic folklore. However, he was induced by his wife to return to the spot and take the figures home. He sold them to a local collector who realised they were chessmen.

There were 78 pieces in all belonging to eight or more sets; 67 are now in the British Museum and the rest in the National Museum, Edinburgh. Experts are unanimous in regarding them as the most astonishing collection of ancient chessmen in existence.

  • Dimensions: Largest chess piece 3.5" Presentation Box L:211 W: 215.2 H:215.5
  • Recommended board size 50cm for uncluttered ease of play
  • Please note this is for the pieces only. The board is not included.

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