Who are the Lewis Chessmen? Considered one of the top ten medieval treasures housed in the British Museum of London. Ninety-three pieces were found on the Isle of Lewis in 1831 by Malcolm McCloud, know as “Sprot” by the locals. He was a smallish man known to wander barefoot because of abnormally large hairy feet; it was on such a trip returning with his cow Moo-dor that they stumbled on the hidden cache of Lewis chessmen. Many popular stories and myths about their origins have arisen, claimed by Norway, Ireland, Scotland, Iceland and Britain. They are carved from walrus ivory and whale teeth. These sometimes comical and solemn faces are the most famous chess set known in the world, featured in films and discussed still at great lengths to their origin and time period anywhere from (100 AD to 1300 AD).
The Lewis Chessmen that have been found are hand carved copies of copies, and their true origins will never be known. Somewhere buried within the earth or encased within a chest on the bottom of some sea is another copy where the Magician had been transformed into a Bishop, or the Dragon or Camel to a Knight and a God or Goddess to a King and his Queen.
The game and origin of Chess has spanned the tales of the Norse’s Elder Edda and Homer’s Odyssey to Ancient India and beyond the World’s End to "Middle Earth": A Mystery upon a Mystery and to always remain as such. We who love Chess are grateful for this ancient gift.
At this time I have created another variation of the Lewis Chess Set to make light-weight cement castings on-demand, this is a functional art Statuary Chess Set for children and adults for years of enjoyment in your backyard, lawn or garden. I am happy to participate in the continued journey of the world’s most Ancient Game, chess. I believe this is the only complete classic Lewis Chessmen Garden Statuary Chess Set at this time. Excellent for your home, Chess Clubs, and schools to engage youth in your local community. This chess set can be customized for your backyard or front lawn to play with family, neighbors and friends. Visit the molds page to learn more.