Isle of Lewis Chess Pieces by Berkeley - Cardinal Red

SKU: BC3001
Sale price$199.00 USD
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About The Isle of Lewis Chess Pieces by Berkeley - Cardinal Red

Board Not Included

Originally crafted from walrus ivory and whales teeth the iconic Isle of Lewis chess pieces were discovered in the vicinity of Uig on the Isle of Lewis some time before 11 April 1831. The precise location seems to have been a sand dune where they may have been placed in a small, dry stone chamber. The hoard which consisted of 78 chess pieces and 15 other artifacts was initially shown at the Scottish Antiquaries Society in Edinburgh which hoped to acquire it but was unsuccessful in its fundraising efforts. The British Museum eventually acquired it between November 1831 and January 1832.

The pieces were probably made in Trondheim, Norway, about AD 1150-1200. At this period, the Western Isles, where the chess pieces were found, were part of the Kingdom of Norway, not Scotland. It seems likely they were buried for safe keeping on route to be traded in Ireland.

The chess pieces testify to the strong cultural and political connections between the kingdoms of the British Isles and Scandinavia in the Middle Ages, and to the growing popularity within Europe of the game of chess, the origins of which lie in India after around 500 BC. Chess arrived in Christian Europe via the Islamic world, where the game was adapted to reflect medieval European society. Of the ninety-three pieces of this hoard known to us today, eleven pieces are in Edinburgh at the National Museum of Scotland, and eighty-two are in the British Museum.

The skilled craftsmen at Berkeley Chess have interpreted the iconic chess pieces to produce two magnificent chess sets which exemplify the majesty of the original sculptures. Both sets are manufactured ivory & brown, ivory & red and a unique pewter & copper finish.

  • King Height: 3.5"
  • King Base: 1 7/8"
  • King Weight: 4.1oz
  • Set Weight: 53.6oz (3lbs 5.6oz)
  • Made of a ratio of crushed marble and resin, and then finished with a felt underlay
  • 32 Pieces
  • Boxed weight 4lbs 10oz
  • Price includes set of pieces (boards available separately)

 

Product Specs

King Height
3.5"
King Base
1.875"

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Javier Pastrana Tamez
Excelent quality.

Product with excelent quality, package, etc...

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Lyle Ogata
Still Happy

Would have been crazy happy if the rook were a berserker. But L still love’em. Very professional service.I’ll be back.

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Glenn Jones
General Thanks

I'm writing this review to speak to the excellent customer service that Chess House provided to me. Fedex never delivered my order and Paul provided me with a full refund.

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suzy thomas
Success!

Arrived well in time to be the perfect gift for my nephew's 16th birthday. Loved researching the pieces and their special history. Super prompt and helpful staff by email and phone! Thank you!!

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Kristin Lunger
Great quality, great service

Purchased this chess set as a gift for my husband. The pieces are beautiful and great quality.

When I ordered the set, it was unfortunately out of stock, but Chess House communicated well, and the gift was delivered promptly once it was back in stock.