Medieval chess set, antique finish: six individual pieces from front on white background - light side
Medieval chess set, antique finish: six individual pieces from front on white background - light side
Medieval chess set, antique finish: six individual pieces from front on white background - dark side
Medieval chess set, antique finish: six individual pieces from back on white background - light side
Medieval chess set, antique finish: six individual pieces from back on white background - dark side
Medieval chess set, antique finish: full light side (16 pieces) laid out for play on board
Medieval chess set, antique finish: full dark side (16 pieces) laid out for play on board
Medieval chess set, antique finish: full set (32 pieces) laid out for play on board

Medieval chess set

£95.00 GBP

Reproduction of a traditional bone German chess set, carved in the fourteenth century and now on display in the Leipzig Museum. 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. We recommend playing these pieces on a 16" board.

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, made in Somerset.