Reproduction of the Isle of Lewis Chessmen. Many pieces were discovered and this is the makers interpretation of the pieces of the Isle of Lewis chess set.
"In 1831 the sea carried away a sandbank on the Isle of Lewis uncovering a mysterious building that had been buried in the snad. A peasant working nearby found what he concluded to be a collection of Elves and Gnomes. The superstitious highlanderflung down his spade and fled home in horror. Superstition in Lewis had survived in a powerful form. This when the peasant first looked at the group of singular little ivory figures it was natural that they should appear as the pygmy sprites of Celtic folklore. However he was induced by his wife to return to the spot and take the figures home. He sold them to a local collectorwho relaised they were chessmen. There were 78 pieces in all belonging to eight or more sets; 67 are now in the British Museum and the rest in the National Museum, Edinburgh. Experts are unanimous in regarding them as “the most astonishing collection of ancient chessmen in existence”.
These chess pieces are replicas of the originals which were discovered on the Isle of Lewis off the West coast of Scotland and which are now housed safely and securely in the Museum of London and in Edinburgh.
All the chessmen from the set are available here for purchase individually or as a full boxed set.