Isle of Lewis Handmade Chess Set


This could be the ultimate Christmas present for a true chess enthusiast.These chess pieces are reproductions of the Isle of Lewis chessmen. 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. So when the peasant first looked at the group of singular little ivory figures it was natural that they should appear as the pigmy sprites of Celtic folklore. However, he was induced by his wife to return to the spot and take the figures home. He then sold them to a local collector who realised they were chessmen. There were 78 pieces in all belonging to eight or more sets.In this Isle of Lewis set, Studio Anne Carlton have recreated some of these pieces to make a truly remarkable chess set.Product Details:Chess set pieces only, board not included.Burgundy and CreamIndividual Piece Sizes:King Height: 3.3 InchesQueen Height: 3.1 InchesBishop Height: 3.3 InchesKnight Height: 3.3 InchesRook Height: 3.1 InchesPawn Height: 1.6 InchesMade from polystoneSuitable for chess boards of 19.5 inches minimum... (Read more)
Price : 295 GBP



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Category : Toys & Games > Games > Board Games
Manufacturer : Studio Anne Carlton

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