A superb Isle of Lewis Chess Set in Ivory and Brown colour, made in England by Berkeley Chess Ltd.
There are many variations of quality with Isle of Lewis chess set designs, look for weight and detail as hallmarks of quality. Berkeley Chess products have become the Gold standard in Theme chess quality.
This Isle of Lewis set is expertly made from crushed marble – they are substantially heavy and very detailed from LASER scans of the originals. The Viking hoard of ninety-three pieces, carved from walrus ivory and made in Scandinavia in the 12th century, were found after 700 years in a sand-dune at Uig on the island of Lewis in 1831. The hoard contained four distinct sets with some traces of dark red colouring on some of the pieces. The pieces are currently owned by the National Museum of Scotland and the British Museum.
- King Height 3½” (8.8cm)
- King Diameter 1¾” (4.5cm)
- King Weight 110g (4oz)
Please note: ‘Ivory and Brown’ refers to the colours of the crushed marble and resin chessmen. These chessmen do not contain any animal product as defined by CITES.