Antique Chess Sets

When it comes to purchasing chest sets, you can’t go wrong with a quality set inspired by the design of an antique chess set. An antique inspired chess set looks elegant, feels great, and can be fun and exciting to play with fellow chess lovers. So whether you are interested in purchasing a wooden antique chess set or a handmade antique chess set, let’s take a closer look at the history behind these sets and the modern day inspirations that have made them a cornerstone of the chess market.

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15 Inch Chess Set Antique Walnut

(5) $387.93

Antique and Historical Chess Set History

Reproductions of antique chess sets are a relatively new phenomena that was inspired by a growing interest and passion for the history of chess. Historical chess sets run a wide range of styles and designs, due to the fact that standardized chess was developed fairly late into the game’s history; it was not until the mid-1800s that the “classic” chess design most associated with the game was produced. Before this standardization, it was most common for chess players to have a unique set made just for theme: these highly detailed sets included hand-carved wood or ivory pieces and were much more elegantly detailed than the mass produced plastic pieces that became the norm during the 20th century.

The unmistakable style and class in these antique chess sets is something that many chess players appreciate. However, purchasing a genuine antique chess set is not feasible for most people. For one, the cost can be astronomical depending on the age of the set, the material it’s made from, as well as whether or not it is a complete set. Certain types of antique chess sets may not even be legal to sell or buy, especially if they contain materials such as ivory, which is also a hindrance. And yes, it can be difficult to even find complete antique chess sets, which will definitely be a factor for chess players who want to actually play their set!

Antique Style—Without Antique Prices

That is where antique style chess sets come in. These boards are inspired by historical chess designs and feature antique style—all without genuine antique prices. Don’t think that because these are reproductions that they are low quality, either: modern antique chess reproductions are made with quality craftsmanship and material that—while it may not exactly come close to the quality of a master craftsman’s hand-carved ivory set that cost a million dollars in the 18th century—certainly reflects a higher elegance and quality than your everyday plastic chess set.

If you are looking for an interesting gift for a fellow chess loving friend or family member, why not consider an antique style chess set? They will definitely appreciate adding a unique and detailed set to their collection, especially if they enjoy having an interesting history-related discussion piece that is sure to inspire an engaging history lesson in between moves. These antique sets also make the perfect gift for yourself, if you are interested in history and history inspired reproductions that capture that something special that was present in chess sets of the past.