Isle of Lewis Chess

An Isle of Lewis Chessmen Set is ideal for those interested in both the Historical Beginnings of Modern Day Chess as well as acquiring a most distinctive and majestic Chessmen Set that will undoubtedly achieve Heirloom status. 

These Ancient Norse Chess Pieces, dating back approximately 1150 AD, were discovered in 1831 on the Scottish Outer Hebrides Isle of Lewis. Aptly named Isle of Lewis Chessmen, they are one of the few surviving examples of Medieval Chessmen in the world. Of the 78 Chessmen found, 82 belong to the British Museum and the remaining 11 belong to the National Museums Scotland.

We hold 3 versions of the Isle of Lewis Chessmen:

From the National Museums of Scotland: These Lewis Chessmen are authentic replicas from the National Museums Scotland. Handmade in the UK from 3D Laser Scans, using a simulated ivory finish to accurately represent the walrus ivory originals. 

From Berkeley Chess, England: Berkeley’s skilled craftsmen have interpreted the iconic Isle of Lewis Chessmen to produce two slightly different versions to exemplify the majesty of these original sculptures, but both equally authentic of this magnificent chess set.

And from one of the longest established moulding manufacturers in the UK who produce the beautiful Isle of Lewis Compact Celtic Chess Sets we have here on our site.

The History behind the Lewis Chessmen is fascinating and included in this category is a Book which looks at the Origins and Discovery of these Ancient Chessmen.

Our recommendations for matching Chess Boards are shown with each Chessmen Set description.

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