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The Isle of Lewis Black and Red Chess SetThe Isle of Lewis Black and Red Chess Set
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The Regency Isle of Lewis and Mahogany Chess Set mid sizedThe Regency Isle of Lewis and Mahogany Chess Set mid sized
The Regency Isle of Lewis and Mahogany Chess Set mid sized Sale price€273,95 Regular price€317,95
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The Isle Of Lewis Walnut and Maple Chess SetThe Isle Of Lewis Walnut and Maple Chess Set
The Isle Of Lewis Walnut and Maple Chess Set Sale price€276,95 Regular price€317,95
The Isle Of Lewis Tiger Ebony Chess SetThe Isle Of Lewis Tiger Ebony Chess Set
The Isle of Lewis Montgoy Palisander Grand Chess SetThe Isle of Lewis Montgoy Palisander Grand Chess Set
The Isle Of Lewis Large Mahogany Chess SetThe Isle Of Lewis Large Mahogany Chess Set
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The Isle Of Lewis Italian Briarwood Chess SetThe Isle Of Lewis Italian Briarwood Chess Set
The Isle Of Lewis Italian Briarwood Chess Set Sale price€570,95 Regular price€635,95
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The Isle of Lewis and Walnut Deluxe Chess Set with Presentation BoxThe Isle of Lewis and Walnut Deluxe Chess Set with Presentation Box
Isle of Lewis Chessmen and Board Presentation SetIsle of Lewis Chessmen and Board Presentation Set
The Lewis Chess Men Unmasked
The Lewis Chess Men Unmasked Sale price€17,95
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Isle Of Lewis Compact Celtic Chess Set 9 Inches in IvoryIsle Of Lewis Compact Celtic Chess Set 9 Inches in Ivory
Isle Of Lewis Compact Celtic Chess Set 9 Inches in Ivory Sale price€73,95 Regular price€95,95
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Isle Of Lewis Compact Celtic Chess Set 9 InchesIsle Of Lewis Compact Celtic Chess Set 9 Inches
Isle Of Lewis Compact Celtic Chess Set 9 Inches Sale price€80,95 Regular price€95,95

What Are the Origins of the Isle of Lewis Chess Set?

Our collection of Isle of Lewis chess sets are detailed replicas of the iconic 12th-century chess pieces that have captivated the world for nearly two centuries. Discovered in 1831 on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, these remarkable pieces are believed to have originated in Norway, possibly crafted in the bustling trading hub of Trondheim. The Lewis chessmen showcase the exquisite craftsmanship and rich cultural heritage of the medieval Norse world.

 

The strongest evidence so far uncovered gives indication that Norway, specifically Trondheim, is the most likely point of origin of the chessmen. It was in the excavation of the palace of the archbishop that another queen was found. This queen is remarkably similar to the queens of the Lewis Chess set. The newly found queen was broken and it appears quite likely that the breakage occurred as she was being made. A king similar to the Lewis set was also found on an island not very far away from Trondheim. The two new pieces, though not identical to those found on the Isle of Lewis, bear a close enough resemblance to make it very probable that the separate finds did actually originate in the same area.

 

Large Lewis Chessman statue, Uig, Isle of Lewis For sale as Framed Prints,  Photos, Wall Art and Photo Gifts


Where Can You Find the Original Lewis Chessmen?


The original Lewis chessmen, carved from walrus ivory and whale teeth, have found their way into the collections of renowned institutions such as the British Museum in London and the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. These museums have played a crucial role in preserving and showcasing these treasures, allowing visitors from around the world to admire their intricate details and expressive faces.

 

Three of the Lewis chessmen a group of distinctive 12th-century chess  pieces, most of which are carved from walrus ivory. Discovered in 1831 on  Lewis in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland (2286


How Have the Lewis Chessmen Influenced Pop Culture?


The Lewis chessmen have also made their mark on popular culture, most notably with their appearance in the film "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone". In the movie, replicas of these pieces come to life in a thrilling game of wizard's chess.

 

Harry Potter Chess Set Now Available, Wizard's Chess Anyone? - The Regency  Chess Company Blog


What Materials Are Used in the Isle of Lewis Chess Sets?


While the original pieces were crafted from ivory, our collection features replicas made from an ethical and sustainable material; crushed stone resin. We are committed to preserving the beauty and history of the Lewis chessmen while adhering to modern standards of wildlife conservation and responsible sourcing.

Each piece is a testament to the enduring legacy of these iconic chessmen, offering a tangible connection to the rich history and artistry of a bygone era. Whether you're a passionate chess player, a history enthusiast, or simply appreciate the beauty of fine craftsmanship, our collection of Isle of Lewis chess sets is sure to captivate and inspire.