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Isle of Lewis chess pieces are more than game markers. They are a representation of one of the oldest artifacts associated with this beloved hobby. The original versions were carved out of walrus ivory during the 12th century. Somehow 78 original pieces survived through the years to be discovered on the Isle of Lewis in Scotland during the 1800s. Today they can be viewed in London’s British Museum and Edinburgh’s Museum of Scotland, serving as a testament to the unending appeal of the game.
Our reproduced Lewis chessmen are fashioned out of high quality resin that gives the surface durability as well as a texture and coloration that is remarkably similar to the originals.
Each piece measures 3.5 inches and is equipped with a felted base to prevent marking on the board. The traditional look and feel of these breathtaking chess pieces adds new dimension to the game. They will fascinate guests who happen to stop by and see your gorgeous chess board set up and ready to play. Expand your game collection while celebrating the long, rich history of one of the world’s most popular pastimes!