Medieval chess pieces

€188,95

Reproduction of a traditional bone German chess set, carved in the fourteenth century and now on display in a museum in Leipzig. Similar designs were popular in England during the medieval period, imported and sold at fairs. A number of the pieces (particularly the rook) have been found during excavations in York, Oxford and London.

With six individually sculpted designs, cold-cast and stained to give an antique finish, the two sides to this set are differentiated by an ebony/ivory colour. 

Key figures:

  • King: King on throne, the reverse of which engraved with illustrations of warriors (3.75" tall)
  • Queen: Queen on throne, the reverse of which engraved with illustrations of ladies-in-waiting
  • Bishop: Bishop on throne, the reverse of which engraved with illustrations of holy men and musicians
  • Knight: A 12th century mounted horseman, it continues to exhibit the influence of Viking design, also seen in the 300-400 years older Isle of Lewis set
  • Castle: One of the first instances of a literal castle being used in an early European chess set
  • Pawn: Soldiers of the Angevin royal household 

Antique finish only, m

ade from cold-cast powdered marble and resin in Somerset.

We have pictured this set on an 18" Oriel Board (sold separately).