The exquisite detail of the design is brought to life by careful development of a silicon mold and a unique staining and polishing technique which emphasizes the fine detail in the original design. This chess set is stained in Cardinal (a contemporary red). It is then further stained to add an antique effect. This results in an aged beautiful set that is eye catching and really stands out. They are well weighted with an improved ratio of crushed marble and resin. Each piece is then finished off with the application of a protective base and presented in a beautiful yet practical packaging. Individually, each piece is a delight to behold, finely detailed and beautifully balanced.
Dimensions of the King:
- Height 3.5″
- Diameter 1.75″
- Weight (4oz)
The Lewis Chess Set – ‘Scotland’s Hidden Secret’
Please note: Mahogany & Maple, Dark Rosewood & Maple, Ebony & Birdseye Maple and Padauk & Maple Veneer boards are available to purchase separately.
The romance of the mystery of its discovery on a remote beach, perhaps near Uig on the Isle of Lewis some time before 11 April 1831, is loved by Scots and further adds to this land of mist, myths and legend. Is it true that they were found in a sandbank by a farmer who mistook the pieces for elves and promptly fled, then returning to retrieve them only due to his wife urging? Historian believe the pieces were probably made in Norway about AD 1150-1200. The Western Isles at this time were of the Kingdom of Norway, not Scotland. The belief is that the pieces were buried for safe keeping on route to be traded in Ireland. The plot thickens…