Jaques Lewis Chessmen
In 1831, on the Isle of Lewis in the in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, a local shepherd found a small chamber of dry-built stone about 15 feet below the top of a sandbank that had been partially washed away by the sea. The chessmen discovered within the chamber are probably the most famous in gaming history being the oldest complete set of chessmen ever found. Made from walrus tusk, the most recent evidence suggests they are of Norwegian origin and date back to the twelfth century.
The Lewis pieces are on display in the British Museum and in the Museum of Edinburgh. Visiting either museum is a worthy experience but with these replicas, you can own a little piece of history yourself.
Made in England by Jaques, the eminent chess manufacturer, these pieces are a faithful replica of the original in ground marble resin. We believe that this replica is the most accurate one available. The Kings are about 90mm high with base 44mm wide x 34mm deep (3.5 x 1.75 x 1.25 inch).
See also: Chess and Draughts Piece Size Guide
See also: Chequerboards
8.9cm king with 4.4x3.2cm base
3.5 inch king with 1.75 x 1.25 inch base