Isle of Lewis Chess Set - Classic Jet Black and Two Extra Queens with optional Vinyl Chess Board


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Chess Sets by oggtheclever .. ☺

About The Set:

I am offering a brand new Isle of Lewis chess set based upon the originals which date back to medieval times. This is the most popular interpretation and is an excellent choice of the lewis genre of chess set.

The Lewis Chessmen were discovered in 1831, on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland by a local shepherd. The chessmen discovered within the chamber are probably the most famous in gaming history and are the oldest complete set of chessmen ever found. Made from walrus tusk, the Lewis Chessmen are believed to be of Icelandic origin and to date back to the twelfth century.

I have been making chess sets now for many years and believe I have now perfected my craft. I have supplied sets to schools, universities, collectors and even film studios. This is what I do so you can be sure that when you buy a set from me you are getting a top notch product, crafted to the highest standards with great care and attention. If for any reason you are not happy with your set then a no quibble money back guarantee is assured.

Queen Me:

Unlike any other set available here, this set for comes with two extra queens for those of you who are lucky enough to get a pawn all the way down to the other end of the board and don't want to scrabble around looking for something to use as an extra queen.

The Set Itself:

The King proudly on his deeply carved throne with crown and sword in hand.
The Queen on her throne with her crown.
The Bishop on his throne with mitre, holding his staff.
The Knight astride his horse with shield, helmet and spear.
The Rook, a soldier holding his shield and sword.
The Pawns as richly carved obelisks.


Each set is hand cast, painted, stained and lacquered to give a durable high quality result yet still retaining a certain ceramic and antique finish.

Colours available:

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Unless you specify otherwise the colours for this set for are Jet Black for the dark and antique stone for the light. If you would prefer Moroccan red instead of the black, or the stone, then just let me know and I'll be more than happy to oblige.... Also available is deep walnut, in fact, you can mix and match any of these colours if you like. If you'd like any colours that aren't listed here then let me know and I'm sure I'd be able to accommodate you.

The king is 3.5 inches in height and the set would suit a standard tournament board with squares about two inches or more.

Vinyl Chess Mat:

This set also comes with an optional vinyl chess mat/board so you can start playing as soon as you receive it. This is a black and white mat with 2 inch squares and is tough, durable and wipe clean.

A picture of the mat can be seen by pointing your browser here.

If you would like this option then simply select it when purchasing.


Each piece is individually wrapped in bubble wrap and then the whole set. This is then packed in a sturdy cardboard box into which is packed polystyrene peanuts for extra padding. Sets are usually despatched the next working day, unless you specify an unusual colour in which case you might, but not always, have to wait an extra day.


And don't forget, you can create your own bespoke set put together using any of the pieces from any of the sets in my shop in any colours you like. A real mix and match. So, for example, if you would like an Isle of Lewis set but prefer the King from a different set and/or the pawns from another set then that's no problem. As long as I currently make the pieces you can create whatever set you like. Simply request a custom order with your requirements and I'll do my best to accommodate. ☺


If you order today, this is the estimated delivery date and is based on the seller's processing time and location, carrier transit time, and your inferred shipping address. Keep in mind: shipping carrier delays or placing an order on a weekend or holiday may push this date.

Feb 24-Mar 27

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After you place your order, oggtheclever will take 2-4 weeks to prepare it for shipment.

Feb 17-Mar 3

oggtheclever puts your order in the mail.

Feb 24-Mar 27

Estimated to arrive at your doorstep Feb 24-Mar 27!

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These are beautifully made! When I opened them though i didn't realize they were rolled in the bubble wrap and a night came crashing to the tile floor. The ears are gone but the rest is still intact! Love this set and so well priced!

Megan Clark Jan 18, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

I’ve wanted chess pieces for a long time that would be regal. As I was researching different options I stumbled on the Isle Of Lewis Chess pieces. And this reproduction of the original is beautiful, well made, and I will enjoy it for years to come. I highly recommend the seller and maker of these fine pieces. Oggtheclever delivers. They arrived as promised and were well packaged. It’s a pleasure doing business with the Ogg 😁. The price was more that reasonable and if you okay chess, you need these pieces from Oggthecleaver. Last note the pictures on his web site are exact to what you get. No bait and switch like China.

GINGE BRIEN Jan 2, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

Amazing. Just like all the other reviews said, honestly: beautiful pieces, well-weighted and the felt is lovely, plus they're substantial and hauntingly cast, feel great in your hands. And yeah, shipping was crazy fast. Thanks so much!

Tess Crain Sep 13, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

I have had this set as a favorite for months and finally was in a place to purchase it. When I asked a couple questions, I was pleasantly surprised to get such a quick reply. It was a Saturday and I wanted the pieces to be painted a certain color. Ogg graciously obliged and had them painted Sunday then shipped by Monday morning. The craftsmanship is beautiful, much heavier than expected, and the care he takes in wrapping the pieces is very generous. It is one of my most favorite gifts I have ever given. I am beyond pleased with it as well as my dear friend I bought it for who happens to have played and adored chess his whole life. If you want to buy someone a meaningful gift made by a talented carver, this is the one to get.

Reviewed by Anonymous Jul 26, 2013

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