Isle of Lewis Chess Sets


The Best Isle Of Lewis Chess Sets For Sale  

Isle Of Lewis Chess Sets, also known as Uig chessmen are one of the most popular chess sets among players and collectors alike.

At Chessmaze UK our variety of Isle Of Lewis Chessmen are second to none. We house SAC engraved pieces in small-scale and large scale variations. We have to say, the most popular Isle of Lewis chess set amongst our staff is the Isle of Lewis Ivory & Teak combination, which has been carefully created in the UK.

Our catalogue of Isle Of Lewis sets is suitable for everyone. With sets available for less than £50 and luxury combinations available for up to £300, we have combinations available that suit all budgets, big or small. 

What Are Isle Of Lewis Chessmen?

The Isle of Lewis chess set has quickly become one of the most popular and sought after chess sets after Staunton. This style was created decades ago, in actual fact, it was discovered in late 1831 on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland. A complete set was found deep within a chest that was buried in the sand. The original origins and owner is to this day, unknown. These original chess pieces remain on British soil as exhibits in the National Museum of Scotland as well as some pieces being on display in the British Museum, London. 

Though you can’t get your hands on the original set, you can now buy a reproduction Isle of Lewis set of your own. Our range at Chessmaze UK includes incredibly detailed the Isle Of Lewis sets crafted in Britain. Famous for their unique style detailing, which is short and stumpy. Originally carved from Walrus tusk, however, ours have been cast in gum moulds for that authentic aesthetic.

What Size Of Isle Of Lewis Chessmen Is Correct?

Because of the style and unique shape of the chessmen in an Isle Of Lewis chess set the chessboard should be oversized to incorporate all of the pieces correctly. The standard proportions of an Isle Of Lewis set can be eye-capturing and they certainly make for fun gameplay. However, we have many options available should you wish to own an Isle Of Lewis-style set on a slightly smaller scale.

Mini Isle Of Lewis Chessmen Designed By SAC.

For those who have limited space available to feature this chess set or those who just prefer a smaller scale set of these historical chessmen, there is the SAC Mini scale Isle of Lewis chess pieces and board. Our range at Chessmaze UK houses small-scale and full-size variations.

Uig Chessmen

The most recognisable part of the Isle Of Lewis style chess sets is the chessmen. Shaped like small human figures, believed to be a party of Gnomes and Elves when they were first discovered in 1831. The reason behind this initial thought, is likely due to their small appearance, having large bodies and elongated heads. They are by far the most iconic chessmen in chess history.

The Best Isle Of Lewis Chessmen Online

The most recognisable part of the Isle Of Lewis style chess sets is the chessmen. Shaped like small human figures, believed to be a party of Gnomes and Elves when they were first discovered in 1831. The reason behind this initial thought, is likely due to their small appearance, having large bodies and elongated heads. They are by far the most iconic chessmen in chess history.

Since their discovery in the 1800s, the Isle Of Lewis chessmen style has been re-created by numerous brands and manufacturers. However, the SAC creation is widely recognised as the best Isle Of Lewis chess set reproduction that has been created by the National Museum Scotland.

The accuracy of the chessmen is simply like-for-like and second to none this is down to the fact that they are direct laser copies of the originals. You will find it extremely difficult to purchase another Isle Of Lewis chess set that is a better reproduction. 

You can purchase the National Museum Isle Of Lewis chess set in our range here at  Chessmaze UK. And it comes perfectly packaged too.