Hand Painted Theme Chess Sets

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our hand painted theme chess sets are valuable representations of a hitorical event, a special genre, or a special recognised theme. An artisan has painstakingly taken an unfinished piece and, using specialist material, decorated each one detail by detail. Their price under-represents the amount of work and skill involved, they are collectible and valuable and will appreciate over time. Many earlier models of the genre bring high values at auction - these are the chess sets that will appear in future auctions at excellent prices. They are excellent for display and use. They're not all stern and serious, we also market many fun genre's, but the standard is very high. You are looking at hand painted chess sets as gifts that will be passed with pride to the next generation.
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Hand Painted Lord of the Rings - Including board (Economy Range 1 of 11)more...




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TH5000 Hand Painted Lord of the Rings - Including board (Economy Range 1 of 11)

Board squares of 4cm (included), King Height of 8cm. Crushed stone and Resin
Lord of the Rings: A chess set that includes both presentation case and wooden board. Heavily weighted by crushed stone and bonded by high quality resin. Excruciatingly hand painted and decorated. Lord of the Rings and all the characters from the book and movie. READ MORE...

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Hand Painted UK and French War - Including board (Economy Range 3 of 11)more...




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TH5004 Hand Painted UK and French War - Including board (Economy Range 3 of 11)

Board squares of 4cm (included), King Height of 8cm. Weighted
UK and French War: A chess set that includes both presentation case and wooden board. Heavily weighted by crushed stone and bonded by high quality resin. Excruciatingly hand painted and decorated. READ MORE...

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Hand Painted Sea Life - Including board (Economy Range 4 of 11)more...




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TH5005 Hand Painted Sea Life - Including board (Economy Range 4 of 11)

Board squares of 4cm (included), King Height of 8cm. Weighted
Sea Life: A chess set that includes both presentation case and wooden board. Heavily weighted by crushed stone and bonded by high quality resin. Excruciatingly hand painted and decorated. Sea life with mermaids and dolphins. READ MORE...

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Hand Painted Rome v Greece War - Including board (Economy Range 5 of 11)more...




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TH5006 Hand Painted Rome v Greece War - Including board (Economy Range 5 of 11)

Board squares of 4cm (included), King Height of 8cm. Weighted
Rome and Greece War: A chess set that includes both presentation case and wooden board. Heavily weighted by crushed stone and bonded by high quality resin. Excruciatingly hand painted and decorated. The Roman and Greek wars were a series of conflicts fought by the Roman Republic against several different major Greek kingdoms. They resulted in Roman control and the emergence of Rome as a world power over Greece, especially after the .final battle of Carthage in 46 BCE. READ MORE...

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Hand Painted American Civil War - Including board (Economy Range 6 of 11)more...




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TH5007 Hand Painted American Civil War - Including board (Economy Range 6 of 11)

Board squares of 4cm (included), King Height of 8cm. Weighted
American Civil War: A chess set that includes both presentation case and wooden board. Heavily weighted by crushed stone and bonded by high quality resin. Excruciatingly hand painted and decorated. Featuring the main characters from this crucial development in US history. READ MORE...

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Hand Painted Samurai - Including board (Economy Range 8 of 11)more...




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TH5009 Hand Painted Samurai - Including board (Economy Range 8 of 11)

Board squares of 4cm (included), King Height of 8cm. Weighted
Japanese Samurai: A chess set that includes both presentation case and wooden board. Heavily weighted by crushed stone and bonded by high quality resin. Excruciatingly hand painted and decorated. READ MORE...

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Hand Painted World War Two - Including board (Economy Range 9 of 11)more...




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TH5010 Hand Painted World War Two - Including board (Economy Range 9 of 11)

Board squares of 4cm (included), King Height of 8cm. Weighted
World War Two: A chess set that includes both presentation case and wooden board. Heavily weighted by crushed stone and bonded by high quality resin. Excruciatingly hand painted and decorated. READ MORE...

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Hand Painted Crusades - Including board (Economy Range 10 of 11)more...




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TH5002 Hand Painted Crusades - Including board (Economy Range 10 of 11)

Board squares of 4.5cm (included), King Height of 11cm (4.5 inches). Heavily Weighted
Crusades: A chess set that includes both presentation case and wooden board. Heavily weighted by crushed stone and bonded by high quality resin. Excruciatingly hand painted and decorated. A historical depiction of the Crusades and surrounding context of the time. READ MORE...

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Hand Painted Dragon Soldier - Including board (Economy Range 11 of 11)more...




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TH5003 Hand Painted Dragon Soldier - Including board (Economy Range 11 of 11)

Board squares of 4.5cm (included), King Height of 11cm (4.5 inches). Heavily Weighted
Fantasy Dragon Soldier: A chess set that includes both presentation case and wooden board. Heavily weighted by crushed stone and bonded by high quality resin. Excruciatingly hand painted and decorated. Superb larger that life characters depicted as fantasy dragon soldiers. READ MORE...

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Golf Hand Painted Chess Setmore...




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ST2011 Golf Hand Painted Chess Set

Heavy Weighted in Crushed Marble. King Height 5 inches, Diameter 2.2 inches, Weighted at 195g
Exquisitly hand painted Golf themed chess set. A special commission to the British sculpture Peter Calvesbert - this chess set is a portrayal of old golfers against new, using St Andrews and Turnbury Lighthouse. This set is one of the best value items in our entire theme inventory! READ MORE...

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TH2017 Battle of Hastings Hand Painted Chess Set

Heavy Weighted in Crushed Stone. King Size 4.5 inches
A set of chess pieces representing the two opposing armies in the most famous battle fought on English soil. Harold, the English King leads his Saxon forces against the invading William, Duke of Normandy. It altered the course of English history from 1066 onwards. The amazing detail created by our sculptors is richly displayed in this historic chess set. This superb set has been a favourite since its introduction in regular brown and ivory finish. After many requests our artists have demonstrated their skills by hand decorating this set so that it now reveals more of the authentic detail in each piece. Note: Board is a selectable optional extra below. READ MORE...

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Sherlock Holmes Hand Decorated Chess Piecesmore...




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TH2028 Sherlock Holmes Hand Decorated Chess Pieces

Heavy Weighted in Crushed Stone. King Size 5 inches
Decorated version of the theme Chess Set of the famous fictional private detective, Sherlock Holmes, a character created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Sherlock is featured in this chess set as the King - it's a remarkable chess set with characters wonderfully set off against each other. His opponents are led by his arch enemy, Professor Moriarty, with the fearsome Hound of the Baskervilles as the Knight. Beautifully hand decorated in subtle shades of green and grey, the famous characters in this superb set are based on the original drawings that appeared in Strand Magazine in 1890 to accompany the Sherlock Holmes stories. READ MORE...

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The Crusades Hand Decorated Chess Setmore...




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TH2030 The Crusades Hand Decorated Chess Set

Heavy Weighted in Crushed Stone. King Size 5.25 inches.
Our designers have created a magnificent chess set which epitomises the struggles for domination between Christians and Muslims. This conflict has continued intermittently for over a thousand years, but it is the period between 1095 and 1292 which has captured our imagination because of the exploits of the Crusader knights. A skillfully hand decorated theme chess set, these pieces represent the Christian side led by King Richard I of England, known as Richard the Lionheart, in combat with the Muslim armies led by Saladin. READ MORE...

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TH2037 Hand Painted Battle of Waterloo Chess Pieces

Heavy Weighted in Crushed Stone. King Size 4.25 inches
Hand painted Battle of Waterloo chess set. Near the village of Waterloo just south of Brussels, Belgium on the 18th of June 1815, was fought the final and decisive battle of the Napoleonic Wars. The combined armies of the British and Prussian forces under the commander in Chief, the Duke of Wellington, met in battle with the French army commanded by Napoleon. This battle shaped Europe's destiny and marked a turning point in European history. Such an important event deserves to be recognised and our sculptors have produced what is undoubtedly the best researched and most authentic chess set of this era. Napoleon Bonaparte, the French Emperor and military leader commands the forces of France in this decisive battle against the allied forces of Britain and Prussia led by the Duke of Wellington. Will the battle turn out the same way this time? READ MORE...

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TH2045 Hand Painted Celtic Chess Pieces

Heavy Weighted in Crushed Stone. King Size 4.25 inches
This is the beautifully decorated version of the Celtics chess set. The Celtics were inhabitants of Western Europe (Ireland, Wales, Brittany and the Highlands of Scotland). They were subjected to raids by Vikings and Norsemen and our chess set is the story of a battle between the Irish King Brian Boru, and the Viking invaders at Clontarf - Dublin. Though the Celts managed to defeat the Viking invaders, Boru was slain. This chess set features the principal characters involved in the battle and depicts Celtic designs and artefacts of the period.
Through the detailed design and decoration, the chess set portrays many of the characteristics of the era with authentic and historically correct artefacts shown in splendid detail. The skill and workmanship of the Celtic tribes was demonstrated by their artistic and unique designs, recognised throughout the world and reproduced here in this magnificent chess set. READ MORE...

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Peter Rabbit Hand Painted Chess Set With Board and Casemore...




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TH2064 Peter Rabbit Hand Painted Chess Set With Board and Case

Heavy Weighted in Crushed Stone. King Rabbit Size 3.75 inches
The hand painted version of the Peter Rabbit Chess Set, beautifully created. The story of Peter Rabbit first appeard in a picture letter Beatrix Potter wrote to Noel Moore, the young son of her former governess, in 1893. The characters are portrayed in the individual pieces of the chess set. Encouraged by her success in having some greetings cards published, Beatrix remembered the letter seven years later and expanded in into a little picture book with black and white illustrations. After being rejected several times, it was finally published by Frederick Warne in 1902. The tale of Peter Rabbit's pacy story, engaging hero and happy ending have made it a children's classic whose appeal is timeless. The chess set comes in a presentation case and with it's own chess board. READ MORE...

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Battle of Bannockburn Hand Decorated Chess Setmore...




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TH2076 Battle of Bannockburn Hand Decorated Chess Set

Heavy Weighted in Crushed Stone. King Size 4.75 inches
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With this remarkable Battle of Bannockburn hand decorated chess set, skilled craftsmen along with skilled painters have captured a pivotal moment in Scottish history. Robert the Bruce was patriotic, and in his quest to free his land of foreign domination, he reached the climax at the Battle of Bannockburn on 24th June 1314. By the summer of 1314 only Stirling Castle remained in the grip of Scotland's English masters. It was just south of here at the Burn (or small stream) at Bannock that the Scottish army prepared for the the decisive set-piece battle against the army of King Edward II of England. Hand painted excellence! READ MORE...

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TH2051 Hand Painted Canterbury Cathedral Chess Pieces

Heavy Weighted in Crushed Stone. King Size 5.25 inches
The Hand Painted version of the cathedral theme Chess set. The city of Canterbury has been a place of Christendom worship for nearly two thousand years. Following a major fire at the original cathedral in 1174, the monks at Canterbury used the revenue from the many pilgrims visiting the shrine and relics of St Thomas to create the first Gothic cathedral in England. A detailed theme chess set. The rebuilding and reconstruction continued during the following century and ensured that at the end of the Middle Ages, Canterbury Cathedral was one of the noblest churches in Christendom. Our skilled designers and sculptors have created from the architecture and statuary in and around Canterbury Cathedral a chess set of gracious proportions and great detail. READ MORE...

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ST2035 Hand Painted Cats and Dogs Chess Set

Heavy Weighted in Crushed Marble. King Size 3.75 inches
Made in England. Sculpted by - no, it's not a joke - Caroline McCatty - a recognised sculpture in chess designs. Delightful full hand painted version of the Cats and Dogs chess design. Colourful and innovative chess set for dog lovers and cat haters, or cat lovers and dog haters. Hmmm. Maybe just one for pet lovers. A perfect setting for a battle. Frivolity aside, look at the detail of this chess set . Expand the pictures to their fullest size - expressions are included in the faces and the individual setting of the pieces are artfully contrived to achieve the atmosphere of a lighthearted battle of chess. Assuming you're not the family dog or cat that is. A pefect gift for pet lovers, dog lovers, cat haters,... oh, let's not get into that again...
NOTE - although we say these are in stock - they take 2 weeks for the hand painted version. READ MORE...

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Henry VIII Hand Painted Chess Setmore...




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ST2036 Henry VIII Hand Painted Chess Set

Heavy Weighted in Crushed Marble. King Height 5.5 inches inch Diameter 1.7 inch.
Made in England. The hand decorated version of this excellent chess set. All those wives! Poor old Anne. Poor old Katherine. Poor old them all. Not as if he was some Adonis. But hey, talk about breaking with tradition, this chess set does in a remarkable way - the rook is significantly higher than Henry himself. What would he have to say about that? Yes, we know... started a new game where he was the rook and the rook becomes most powerful piece. READ MORE...

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Christopher Columbus Chess Setmore...




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ST2039 Christopher Columbus Chess Set

Heavy Weighted in Crushed Marble. King Height 7" , Diameter 1.9 inches, Weight 263g
Made in England. A simply magnificent set of pieces depicting the experiences and aquaintances of Christopher Columbus. The colours are vivid and the detail superb. Outstanding are the detail of the priests tunic and the collar of the white queen, which stands out amongst the whole set as beautiful. A large set requiring a large board, we recommend below the one with 2.5" squares, itself being a work of art. READ MORE...

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Hand Painted Theme Chess Sets

Hand painted chess sets take much time and care to construct. There are many cheaper versions available - these are often lightweight, skimpy on detail and designed for easy casual and fun use. They have a place, but we don't do this kind of hand painted chess set. We market high quality fine examples of the hand painted chess genre. These designs are the types that would feature in future antique shows, although they're not all serious designs, many are fun settings and frivolous themes. But their standard of construction has the hallmark of quality. We are confident you'll appreciate the examples shown here - we hope we can be of service to you.