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Isle of Lewis Chess Pieces by Berkeley - Cardinal Red

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... Read More | Customize


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About Isle of Lewis Chess Pieces by Berkeley - Cardinal Red.

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)
  • 32 Pieces
  • Boxed weight 4lbs 10oz
  • Price includes set of pieces (boards available separately)

 

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Just what I was looking for

I have been wanting an Isle of Lewis Chess Set for a long time. I actually bought one from a vendor on eBay and although the vendor was great, the set did not stand up to what I wanted. Some of the pieces wouldn't actually stand up. (No pun intended) As I said, the vendor was great and took back the set.

I found this one and decided to give it a try. It is just what I wanted. It is a great set and I like the fact that you have a choice of colors. And as far as Customer Service is concerned, Chess House support was great.

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