Lewis Chess Sets
A Chess set with an very interesting history
and a truly unique look. The Isle of Lewis Chess Set was originally believed
to be crafted in Norway
about AD 115-1200. These pieced ended
up on the shores of Scotland
after the ship carrying them was either robbed or succumbed to the rough seas
and washed up on the Scottish shore. These collectable pieces were said to
be on route to a rich Norseman living in Ireland.
Most of the figures are etched pieces
resembling human figures. The faces of each of the pieces are very sad and
somber with the exception of the rooks that seem to have a slightly crazed
look to them. The Pawns are the exceptions as they are small replicas of
tombstones. The sets are manufactured pieces of Dark and natural stained
boxwood figures on a Sheesham Maple board.
These pieces are very original and will
certainly make an interesting conversation piece as well as a welcome addition
to any Chess enthusiast's collection. Consider this extremely distinctive
set as a gift for the chess player you know, or if you are a fan consider this
as an investment in some history of the game.