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Antique Chess Sets

Updated on August 12, 2014

Unique, Cool, Fancy Chess sets for PLAY and DISPLAY

I love the look of chess boards. They make incredible decorations, and of course they can be great when you want top play the game that Kings, Shahs and emperors have played for over a thousands years.

Chess is a game of kings. Versions of the game of chess has been found as far back as 500-600 AD. Making it one of the oldest and most popular games in history.

I am by no means a chess master, but I personally find it a quite enjoyable game. It sharpens strategy and tactics and teaches the players to think ahead and try to "get into the head" of their opponents.

Ambassador Chess Set

The game is simple, and yet the variations and nuances are known to be incredibly complex. The Chess Sets and boards you can buy are the same way.

There are simple wooden Chess sets, Marble Chess sets, Antique chess set, gold and silver chess sets, unique themed chess sets, heck, there are even variations on the game, like the unique, 3D Chess. There are quite a few interesting chess sets you can buy.

There are less inexpensive chess sets designed for play and there are more expensive chess sets that are designed to be just as must a "show" piece and a decoration as they are to actually be played. Why you can even find some that are layered with actual gold and silver that can set you back quite a bit!

A Wonderful (and Affordable) Antique Chess Set

A classy Antique Wooden Chess Set gift!

This antique folding chess set is my personal favorite. It has an intricate crafted and detailed set of chess pieces and wood playing surface. Each chess piece is lovingly and individually handcrafted from hornbeam wood. The Kings measures 4.2", the queens measure 3.6" and the pawns come in at 2" The playing surface and the storage area handily folds in half, so it can be left out for display OR storaed away safely and securely between use. All pieces and board hand crafted in Poland, the pieces being made from Hornbeam wood and the board from Birch.

Antique Chess Sets

This collection of antique chess sets are something that every chess lover can enjoy. With wonderful lacquered boards and gorgeous hand-crafterd pieces these chess boards are wonderful for both display and play.

Item Text...Antique Chinese collectible lacquered chess set

Collectible Chinese Antique Style Chess Game Set

Black and red antique Chinese lacquered wood chess set

American Revolutionary war wooden chess set

Unique medieval wooden chess set

Antique chess set with Chinese figurines

Gold and silver chess sets

Luxery Antique Chess Sets

Plated in Gold and Silver and made by talented craftsmen, this collection of gold and silver chess sets is certainly not cheap or inexpensive. But for the quality and elegance of these chess sets, they certainly are, "Value". These are NOT chess sets designed to be hidden in a corner, but they make wonderful display and play sets for the real chess enthusiast.

BEST Glass Chess Set: - "The Glass"

The Glass
The Glass

This glass chess set is fire hardened and incredible looking. A great looking chess set for both play and display!

An elegant and classy looking glass Chess Set!


Best Chess Set: - Wooden Combination: Chess, Checkers, Backgammon

A COOL Bamboo Chess Set

HoldenArt Magnetic Bamboo Chess Set w/ Hinging Shelves
HoldenArt Magnetic Bamboo Chess Set w/ Hinging Shelves

A nifty way to hold and store your chess set with a unique patented design


Themed Chess Sets

Yes, you can also buy chess sets that are based on your favorite theme. Such as Star Trek, Star Wars, Harry Potter and numerous other films. There also chess sets based on books, like the Wizard of Oz, biblical figures, historical figures and just let any other type of theme set to possibly desire.Below are just a small sampling of some of these great themed chess sets.

**Antique Chess Piece Photo from and Wikipedia

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      thebookhill 4 years ago

      Great lens! Love the marble chess sets.

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      zentao 5 years ago

      @darciefrench lm: yeah, it only takes a 5$ board to play...but these sets are all about decoration I think. they look fantastic for the fan of chess.

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      darciefrench lm 5 years ago

      Beautiful, I'd love both a marble or a wood chess set - I don't play but it would sure be a nice display, and may attract those who love the game :)

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      zentao 5 years ago

      @tophatpro: I agree. I like chess...but I am FAR FAR from being a master...I really do enjoy the craftsmanship of the pieces too. They really can be works of art.

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      zentao 5 years ago

      @pumpum: Thanks Glad you like it! :) Thanks for dropping by!

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      pumpum 5 years ago

      Great lens!I love chess and is definitely one great gift!

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      tophatpro 5 years ago

      I learnt to play chess at school and it was really good fun. I absolutely love how cool chess boards and pieces can be. It's amazing the detail and craftmanship involved in one chess board and the little men on the board!