Chess Sets Item ID: #563
Isle of Lewis Chess Set 3.5 Inch (Maple/ivory) Description
This Isle of Lewis chess set is hand painted in Maple and Ivory and comes packed in individual boxes and foam protection for each color. Kings are 23.5″ in height with a base of 1.75″. This set is suitable for a 18 inch board with 2 inch squares. The bottoms are felted. Chess board is not included. All pieces were cast in Hydrostone (a trademark of the United States Gypsum Corporation), a reconstituted stone material used by sculptors. The pieces were hand-painted to resemble aged ivory, given several coats of acrylic varnish, and then coated with a museum-grade paste wax to enhance their appearance and feel. The Lewis chessmen are probably the best-known set of medieval chess pieces, and these are hand cast, hand-painted replicas of the best preserved specimens. The original Lewis chessmen were discovered on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides (off the coast of Scotland) shortly before 1831. You may view some of the originals and read about their history at the British Museum Website (search for “Lewis Chessmen”).
Isle of Lewis Chess Set 3.5 Inch (Maple/ivory) Reviews
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