Classic Lewis Chessmen - Isle of Lewis Chess Set - Heritage Pieces with an Old Antique Metallic Effect (V1) (Chess pieces only)


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For sale is a beautiful, ornate hand crafted, made to order collection of Isle of Lewis Chessmen. The original chessmen were made in the 12th century by Norwegian craftsmen and hidden by traders on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland where they lay undetected until 1831 when they were discovered by a local farmer.

The pieces are lovingly decorated to create a metallic aged effect in keeping with the character of the pieces, and which represents many hours of dedicated work.

Never before has a Chess set courted so much controversy and intrigue. As the story (or at least one of them) goes, At some point during the 12th Century a Nordic ship was sheltering from a storm in a sheltered bay off the Isle of Lewis. Onboard the ship an imprisoned cabin boy seizes his chance to escape, sneaks into the Captain’s cabin and steals a bag containing at least 128 carved walrus pieces and swims ashore but is spotted by a robber, who murders him and steals the Lewis chessmen. The murderer disposes of the body in a grave, buries the walrus tusk chess pieces in a secret location (still unknown) and leaves planning to return at a later date to collect his loot. He travels to the port of Stornoway, and while there is arrested and sentenced to death. Whilst awaiting execution for the as yet unknown crime he confesses to killing the cabin boy and burying him on the island.
Fast forward around 600 years to 1831 when one day a herdsman’s cow pops its head into a nearby sandbank and pulls out 92 of the Lewis chess pieces. The herdsman then sells the find to a Captain Pyrie, who travels to Edinburgh and sells it to a Mr Forrest who in turn sells 82 of the pieces to the British Museum; the remaining eleven Lewis Chessmen, he sells to a certain Mr Sharpe, who then sells them to the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.
There are so many legends, myths and mysteries to the iconic chessmen that having them in your hand is something very special indeed.

As well as enjoying the aesthetic quality of playing chess with such a beautiful chess set, the act of playing chess itself has been linked to a variety of health benefits and is said to help develop perspective, improve memory, increase intelligence, deepen focus, elevate creativity, boost planning skills, increase self-awareness, protect against dementia, help ADHD and reduce panic attack symptoms.

With so many positives to playing chess it is hardly surprizing that so many more people are making playing chess a part of their daily lives, so why not do it in style with a beautiful handmade Isle of Lewis chess set from our shop and discover the magic of playing chess with this most iconic chess set.

Version One and Two of the Lewis Chessmen have different Royals and pawns from each other. They are stylistically similar and were likely created by the same artist.

The pieces are made from reconstructed stone/resin that when cast creates a very strong robust material.

The tallest piece (The King) is 9 cm’s tall with a 4.5 cm base making this a very substantial collection of chessmen.

This listing is for the chess pieces only. The boards are not part of this listing and are for display purposes only; however please keep an eye on our shop as we do intend to sell some of our collection of boards in the coming months.

The pieces will be individually wrapped and carefully packaged to ensure safe arrival at their new home.

Thanks for looking and please check out our other chess sets. If you have any questions please feel free to drop me a message and I'll get back to you asap. We're more than happy to answer any questions about any of our products.

I'm also happy to take whatsapp Customer care calls (or if you simply fancy a chat) or Zoom chats , so if you feel you would like to speak with an actual person just drop me a message and I will supply you with our shops contact number. All sales will only go through Etsy,

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Frequently Asked Questions

What exactly are your chess sets made from?

My chess pieces are made from a polymer enhanced gypsum .

What happens if my parcel is delayed due to postal issues?

Unfortunately once an item has been dispatched I have little or no control over what happens on it's journey to you. All of my items are now sent with full tracking provided which will help with resolving any postal issues in the unlikely event that something goes wrong (delays, customs hold ups etc). I'm always happy to step in and help you resolve the issue.

Custom and personalised orders

Absolutely yes. Anything that is available from our shop can be combined in a way that suits your needs. I'm always happy to work with a customer so that they can get exactly the chess set that they want.

What I expect when I buy something from you?

What you can expect from MourneStudios is to be updated every step of the way with the process of making, and dispatching etc. I will always be honest and give you realistic time frames for the completion of your purchase and will stay in touch throughout the whole process and beyond.
It is my personal goal to ensure that every customer is more than happy with both the art works that we offer and the level of service we provide.
My vision for MourneStudios is that I am able to grow my business into a long term venture offering a diverse and eclectic mixture of hand crafted works and in order to do that I will be going to extra mile for all of my customers.

You mention a whatsapp or zoom customer service, how does this work?

Sometimes buying things online can lack the personal touch. When it comes to hand crafted artwork, I for one like to talk to the person who created the work that I am interested in buying.
Not everybody feels like that, but for those people who do, I am more than happy to arrange a whatsapp call or even a zoom video call to take any questions that you might have about anything from our shop.
It offers another level of reassurance to my customers and can sometimes help them to make more informed decisions about what they are buying.
So, if that is you, all you have to do is to send us a message and I will get back to you to arrange a time and date that suits you for the call.

Do all of your chess pieces have felt bases?

Yes!! All chess pieces come with high quality felt bases as standard, However, not everybody wants their chess pieces with felt bases as it removes the sound of the piece touching the board, and if you would rather not have felt bases added we are more than happy to accommodate. If that's you, simply add a note at checkout to say that you would rather not have the bases and I shall make it so.

It says that my order will be ready to ship in 3-4 weeks. Is this always the case?

In most cases your order will be ready much sooner than that, however it depends on how many orders we are working on at that time.
3-4 weeks is the maximum time that an order should take but we do aim to have your order ready much sooner if it is at all possible.
If you need your order to be ready by a particular date and you drop us a message to let us know beforehand, we will do our best to accommodate you and will let you know before you place your order if that date is possible from our end of things.

How well packed will my order be?

Very well packed indeed. We want to you get your order in the condition that it leaves our studio. Each chess piece will be individually wrapped in bubble wrap and placed in a thick cardboard box with plenty of extra packing to ensure that it absorbs any bumps along the way.
If your order does not arrive in perfect condition we will replace any of the broken items at no cost to yourself (including postage and packing).
It is our goal here at MourneStudios to ensure that you are more than happy with your order and will do whatever we can to make sure that that happens.

Are all of your Chess Pieces made to Order?

Generally speaking the answer to that is yes, however at busier times such as Christmas etc we will make some of our more popular sets in preparation for Christmas postal times and things like that.

Custom and personalised orders

You absolutely can. If you have a custom request I will gladly work with you to source the colors and styles that you want. I really do want you to have the best customer experience you can with MourneStudios. We really are here to help.

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