British Birds chess pieces
This set is based on illustrations in the Book of American Birds, of birds native to the British Isles, as well as the US. The first edition of this 19th century priceless tome can be found in the British Natural History Museum. (Whether a peacock is native to Britain or an import from Asia is a moot point, as is whether you should use a male bird as a Queen in a chess set!)
This prop accurate set achieved worldwide fame when it appeared in the 1982 film Blade Runner. (Watch the scene here - head to 9:55!) It features in the film’s classic chess game scene, being played by J.F. Sebastian (William Sanderson) and Dr. Eldon Tyrell (Joe Turkel) as Pris (Daryl Hannah) and Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer) look on.
We recommend playing these pieces on a 20" board. (Board not included.) We've shot this board on our 20" wenge and sycamore board.
- The king is represented by the golden eagle, a native of the Scottish Highlands, chained and sitting on a crown (~4.75”/12cm)
- The queen is a peacock(!) (~5.5”/13.5cm)
- The bishop is a horned owl, perched on a be-ribboned bishop’s mitre (~4”/10cm)
- The knight is a peregrine falcon, hooded and perched on a gauntlet (~5”/12.5cm)
- The rook is a raven, perched on a castellated tower (~3.5”/9cm)
- The pawn is a wren, perched on a tree branch (~3”/7cm)
Made in Somerset.