ChessBaron Unusual Chess Sets

Staunton was created for a reason (see Staunton Origin). But why not have a staunton based design with a significant tweak on the style - an unusual chess set. Of course, it's still a quality product, and still crafted with great skill, many are still weighted, and most of ours are Staunton based. But with the increased popularity of chess, many more unusual designs are available that as unusual chess sets are perfect for a unique gift idea - an unusual chess set, and something that isn't seen in many homes.

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The Sebastian in Heavy Steel and Copper Chess Setmore...




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X2029 The Sebastian in Heavy Steel and Copper Chess Set

King Height 4.25 inch. Base Diameter 1.3 inch. Heavily Weighted at 114g Balance 50%
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You may have noticed that we dont offer many metal sets. This is because we have scoured the world in an attempt to stand out in a range that is not just large, but unique and the best available. This pewter finished set is heavy and yet remarkably detailed - a good example of this policy. A luxury steel and copper set with the dark side finished in pewter - a chess set with distinction that has many uses - playing chess or using offensively for burglars. Delightful chess playing with elegance, and this set says elegance in every way. It is well priced for the level of luxury afforded, and a set to be proud of. Optionally comes with a very beautiful recommended luxury chess case. The board should be 1.5 inch or 1.75 inch squares. READ MORE...

Chess Case Picture C2011      Chess Board Picture B2008

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King Cross Staunton in Bone Chess Setmore...




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X2009 King Cross Staunton in Bone Chess Set

King is 1.4" Diameter, 3.75" High. Superb Bone Set on a Superb Bone Board (if board is chosen)
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Remarkably carved luxury bone chess set. The detail in carving of the bone is nothing short of remarkable. The material is difficult to work with and the skilled bone craftsmen have created something truly beautiful with the material. Expect natural blemishes on the surface with bone which enhances the set as a genuine product with the authentic battle scars of life. (I wonder if I can get my bones used to create a beautiful bone chess set after I'm gone?). The whole set takes two weeks to carve and finish completely and is a masterpiece of workmanship. Note the king (standing 3.75 inch tall) and queen for the detail in carving and marking. The staunton style is retained with a flourish of artistry to produce an outstanding example of luxury chess sets. The knight is petite and appears delicate yet is robust and durable because of the material of camel bone. Now look at the rook. This nicely shows intricate detail from the base through to the top. The Kings Cross special is a luxury chess set to pass through the generations of your family. The board size for this set should have squares of around 1.75 inch squares. READ MORE...

Chess Case Picture C2011      Chess Board Picture B2008

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Flavius Josephus in Steel and Copper Chess Piecesmore...                  X2040 chess video

X2040 Flavius Josephus in Steel and Copper Chess Pieces

King: Height 4 inch. Base Dia 1.3 inch. Very Heavy 5oz
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New! Looking for something distinctive that really makes a individual statement? Here's a very heavy metal chess set that really stands out. Modelled from archeological finds, the Judean historian Josephus had a collection of goblets that this set is modelled after - perfect material for a chess set because of the variety in design making up the different pieces. Unusually the King and Queen pieces both have unscrewable caps. The set also trumps any other shot glass chess set we've ever seen. This is a shot glass chess set with distinction - and is obviously not glass - it's made in copper and steel. A great chess set! READ MORE...

Chess Case Picture C2025      Chess Board Picture B2008

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Reproduction Antique - John Calvert Chess Set Chess Piecesmore...




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XX2005 Reproduction Antique - John Calvert Chess Set Chess Pieces

King Height 4.5 inch. Base Diameter 1.6 inch. Double Weighted at 55g Balance 28%
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Crafted in the finest rosewood. One of the recognised designs of chess sets by John Calvert - however note the difference with all other sets for this design - these chess pieces are weighted! The genre was always a beautiful design but had the problem of being easily tipped over and feeling inadequate due to weightlessness. It's rare to find chess sets of this time period that are weighted and felted like this - a beautiful design and wonderful example of 'period' chess sets. This is a reproduction, and comes with the love and care of modern day artisans. The chess set is exactly the recognised Calvert design. If you need a board, try the B2008 with 1.75 inch squares. READ MORE...

Chess Case Picture C2017      Chess Board Picture B2008

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LARGE Lotus Carved Weighted Bud Rosewood Chess Setmore...




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X2003 LARGE Lotus Carved Weighted Bud Rosewood Chess Set

King: Height 6.25 inch! Base Diameter 1.5 inch, Triple Weighted at 53g
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Special large version of the much loved Lotus design. Unusually, this one is Triple Weighted and larger than normal! The best of Bud Rosewood material. A twist on the Staunton design - this luxury chess set has good quality detail. The king is slim but tall measuring 6.25 inches in height. The traditional staunton is taken at base and resembled at the top, with an innovative and intricate mid section to bring together the traditional staunton design with the detailed innovation marking the Lotus genre and bringing together a luxury chess set. This is an expensive chess set at a non-expensive price. The board size should be with 2 inch squares to allow space for the tall king. READ MORE...

Chess Case Picture C2025      Chess Board Picture B2003

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Reproduction Antique Camel Bone John Calvert Chess Setmore...




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XX2006 Reproduction Antique Camel Bone John Calvert Chess Set

King Height 4 inch. Base Diameter 1.6 inch. Weighted at 34g Balance 30%
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One of the recognised designs of chess sets by John Calvert - slightly weighted as the genre demands. A beautiful bone chess set, a wonderful example of period chess sets. This is a bone reproduction, and comes with the love and care of modern day artisans. The set is a bold departure from todays standard staunton design of chess sets and very distinctive. If you need a board, try the B2008 with 1.75 inch squares. READ MORE...

Chess Case Picture C2017      Chess Board Picture B2008

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Reproduction Antique - Red White Camel Bone John Calvert Chess Setmore...




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XX2007 Reproduction Antique - Red White Camel Bone John Calvert Chess Set

King Height 4 inch. Base Diameter 1.6 inch. Weighted at 34g Balance 30%
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Very authentic red/white reproduction in the John Calvert genre of chess sets - slightly weighted as the genre demands and in camel bone. Red and white chess sets were common in Calvert's day and this follows the style closely so the colouring was favoured when John Calvert started designing exquisite chess sets. A beautiful bone chess set, a wonderful example of a period chess set. A bone reproduction antique. The set is a bold departure from todays standard staunton design of chess sets and very distinctive and very authentic. If you need a board, try the B2008 with 1.75 inch squares. READ MORE...

Chess Case Picture C2017      Chess Board Picture B2008

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The Suzanna Bone Staunton Chess Piecesmore...




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X2060 The Suzanna Bone Staunton Chess Pieces

King Height 4.25 inch. Base Diameter 1.25 inch.
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NEW! The Suzanna is a new design made in the finest bone and heavily staunton influenced. The graceful beauty of the set of chess pieces immediately strikes any observer. The pieces have a good intrinsic weighting due to the density of the material used. The board (also bone) shown doesn't come with the set and can be selected seperately. READ MORE...

Chess Case Picture C2011      Chess Board Picture B4003

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The Warner Bone Staunton Chess Piecesmore...




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X2061 The Warner Bone Staunton Chess Pieces

King Height 4 inch. Base Diameter 1.5 inch.
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NEW! The Warner in bone is a new design made in the finest bone and significant staunton influenced. The contrasting colours are striking and graceful, giving a rare beauty to the set of chess pieces. The pieces have a good intrinsic weighting due to the density of the material used. The board (also bone) shown doesn't come with the set and can be selected seperately. READ MORE...

Chess Case Picture C2011      Chess Board Picture B4003

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Contemporary Staunton , Rosewood Triple Weight, Felted, Double Queens Chess Piecesmore...




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XX2009 Contemporary Staunton , Rosewood Triple Weight, Felted, Double Queens Chess Pieces

King Height 4.5 inch. Base Diameter 1.8 inch. Triple Weighted Balance 17%
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The lean design lines of this grade one rosewood design is the outstanding feature Henry Moore would have been proud of. Chess sets such as this are works of art and will appreciate over time. The King is well sized at over 4 inches. The Queen has a sister for when your pawn gets promoted (your opponent won't need one of course, but there's one there anyway), but the deadlier of the species also has a secret weapon - the sharp spikes of the coronet. Ouch! Don't mess with her, those spikes are deadly and feel like they have a poison payload along with it. If you like contemporary chess designs, you'll not find a better design anywhere. READ MORE...

Chess Case Picture C2017      Chess Board Picture B2003

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Reproduction Antique Triple Weighted Chess Set - Bud Rosewood Chess Piecesmore...




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XX2001 Reproduction Antique Triple Weighted Chess Set - Bud Rosewood Chess Pieces

King Height 4.25 inch. Base Diameter 1.6 inch. Triple Weighted 95g. Balance 24%
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Beautiful pre-staunton antique reproduction. The design of chess pieces following the Staunton style was from 1850 onwards. The staunton design was taken from earlier influences - this reproduction chess set is a particularly popular design of the early 19th Century and one of the major influencers of Nathaniel Cook's design with the approval of the prevailing world champion - Howard Staunton. The set is weighted, felted and has generous dimensions according to the early design and the manufacturer has taken pains to research the design so as to adhere to the original. Although early Staunton designs had no weight and no felt, Cook along with his manufacturer Jaques, saw the value of weighted sets and felted bottoms and added these enhancements quickly. This set has the improved triple weight and felt included. The Bishop design in this set was a common design of the time, later Staunton's changed to the reduced opening of the piece we generally know today. The board square size should be with 1.75 inch squares. READ MORE...

Chess Case Picture C2017      Chess Board Picture B2003

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The Ashia in Bud Rosewood Triple Weight Chess Piecesmore...




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X2041 The Ashia in Bud Rosewood Triple Weight Chess Pieces

King Height 4.5 inch. Base Diameter 1.85 inch. Triple Weighted at 105g
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Strike a pose! This knight is clearly used to being the centre of attention. Made in precious bud rosewood and brings out reds, browns and blacks, it overshadows it's family unfairly - they're all superb and outstanding. Obviously triple weighted and coming complete with double queens (your partner won't need the extra one of course), this amazing design is simply wonderful. Staunton on steroids, staunton with attitude, staunton with both pose and poise. Board needs 2 inch squares. READ MORE...

Chess Case Picture C2003      Chess Board Picture B2009

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The Ashia in Ebony Triple Weight Chess Piecesmore...                  X2042 chess video

X2042 The Ashia in Ebony Triple Weight Chess Pieces

King Height 4.5 inch. Base Diameter 1.85 inch. Triple Weighted at 105g
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Ebony version of The Ashia. Staunton with a poise that is nothing short of dramatic. The traditional ebony is challenged by the knight's position with a result that works. How can you accept a standard staunton after seeing this one? Triple weighted, leather bottoms and double queened, the Ashia is an interpretation that is worthy of the finest wood sculptor. READ MORE...

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Baron Ultimate Staunton in Ebonymore...




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X2019 Baron Ultimate Staunton in Ebony

King Height 5.85 inch. Base Diameter 1.75 inch. Triple Weighted 127g. Balance 13%
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The Baron Ultimate is the flagship iconic outstanding chess set in our range. The wood is Ebony, the weighting is triple. The design of this luxury chess set is simply magnificent - we just love it. The knight steals the applause with it's designed rustic style and majestic pose to make a luxury chess set that has no equal. The staff at ChessBaron get no work done because of looking at this luxury chess set all day - they are now forbidden to touch it and they're all covered up. The King of this luxury chess set is also magnificent, standing at almost 6 inches. The rook has such a rustic but slender style, and even the pawns are pefectly proportioned. This luxury chess set is a most beautiful tweak on the staunton style - we have never seen a more wonderful luxury chess set than this awe inspiring Baron Ultimate! The board for this luxury chess set needs to be one with 2 inch squares to do justice to the piece sizes. READ MORE...

Chess Case Picture C2023      Chess Board Picture B2009

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Baron Ultimate Staunton in Bud Rosewood Chess Piecesmore...




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X3019 Baron Ultimate Staunton in Bud Rosewood Chess Pieces

King Height 6 inch. Base Diameter 1.75 inch. Triple Weighted 127g. Balance 13%
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The awsome Baron Ultimate. This is the Bud Rosewood version of the remarkable X2019. You'll love it or hate it, but to anyone it's nothing short of a work of art. It's made in the finest and the most beautiful wood. The design humbles us - the Ultimate is beautiful, majestic and gives perspective. The architectural craftsman that thought through this chess design with the sizing of the pieces and the Bud Rosewood material deserves honour indeed. It's not just a chess set, it's a historical work of art that will, like a Henry Moore sculpture or a Michaelangelo painting, appreciate over time and be valued by successive generations. The golden hues of the wood colouring are exquisite. The Bud Rosewood material (from the root of the Rosewod tree) is highly polished to lift the depth of colour that makes this wood the sought after material it is. The board for this luxury chess set needs to be one with 2 inch squares to do justice to the piece sizes. READ MORE...

Chess Case Picture C2023      Chess Board Picture B2009

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Limited Edition - The Piazza 6 inch Bone Chess Piecesmore...




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X2072 Limited Edition - The Piazza 6 inch Bone Chess Pieces

King Height 6 inch. Base Diameter 1.6 inch. Finest Bone.
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NEW and Limited Edition! A superb bone design created with love, dedication and with incredible artistry. The pieces are heavy with the intrinsic weight of the top grade material used. The design is imposing and majestic with a strongly contemporary feel. The board should have squares of 2 inches. Although the diameter of the King could have a smaller board, the height of the pieces demands some space in order to realise the full wonder of this outstanding set of chess pieces. Only 100 of these incredible sets will be made. READ MORE...

Chess Case Picture C2025      Chess Board Picture B2003

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The Zacharus Ebony Chess Piecesmore...




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X2056 The Zacharus Ebony Chess Pieces

King Height 4.25 inch. Base Diameter 1.75 inch. Triple Weighted at 90g. Balance Balance 19%
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NEW! The Zacharus is made from the finest Ebony and Chidar. It is quite simply a work of art - we're sure you agree. The chess pieces have been carved with all the skill the worlds finest carvers can muster with a visionary design to work from. The detail is quite breathtaking, a wonderful chess set of pieces. READ MORE...

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Alexander the Great in Ebony Chess Piecesmore...




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X2054 Alexander the Great in Ebony Chess Pieces

King Height 4.25 inch. Base Diameter 1.7 inch. Triple Weighted at 80g. Balance 18%. Case Included
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NEW! Another staunton work of art in pure grade one ebony, with a Knight that is outstanding, graceful, elegant and delightfully different. This set was designed for the chess olympiad in Turin and instead of the knight, a bull (which is the symbol of Turin) was used. Comes in a specially made luxury leather case included in the price with each piece having it's own home within. (The knight doesn't have a home, it has a stable.) But take care with your moves - the horse can get a little feisty if you compromise the position. Triple weighted, double queens, felted bases - a wonderful set and a bold departure from standard staunton. The set had us looking, admiring so much that we just couldn't display it any longer - needed to get some work done. The set is pure artwork in pure ebony. The chessmen were designed by some of the finest chessplayers from all over the world and now to make it available to chess lovers we have shifted from the bull to a knight keeping all the other pieces the same which makes this set a good combinaiton of playable set with a very artistic knight. READ MORE...

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Baggio Staunton in Bud Rosewood Chess Piecesmore...




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X2053 Baggio Staunton in Bud Rosewood Chess Pieces

Three interchangeable Crosses. King Height 4.5 inch. Base Diameter 1.9 inch. Triple Weighted at 136g. Balance 12.5%
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NEW! Selection of three Kings crosses! Staunton as a work of art! A mane for the knight that gives life to the piece and it's entourage. Whilst the knight takes the limelight, the other pieces are also magnificent. The King even has a set of different crosses that can be changed as desired. Carved with skill and love, the Baggio is among the best available in the chess world. Generously proportioned and feels wonderful to handle, wonderful to own. Rare (but ethically produced) grade one bud rosewood, double queens, triple weighted and felted. Each King has an interchangeable selection of three crosses to vary the look and feel of the piece! You can plug one in and change it later as you please. READ MORE...

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Baggio Staunton in Ebony Chess Piecesmore...




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X3053 Baggio Staunton in Ebony Chess Pieces

Three interchangeable Crosses. King Height 4.5 inch. Base Diameter 1.9 inch. Triple Weighted at 136g. Balance 12.5%
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NEW! Ebony Staunton as a work of art, with three interchangeable crosses for the Kings! A mane for the knight that gives life to the piece and it's entourage. Whilst the knight takes the limelight, the other pieces are also magnificent. The King even has a set of three different crosses that can be changed as desired. Carved with skill and love, the Baggio is among the best available in the chess world. Generously proportioned and feels wonderful to handle, wonderful to own. Rare (but ethically produced) grade one Ebony, double queens, triple weighted and felted.You can change the Kings crosses through time to change the look and feel of the Kings. There are three variations and are shown in the photos. READ MORE...

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Unusual chess sets

This is the range for unusual chess sets. Our home page has the full range of chess sets. They are especially good value for money with detail and unusual craftmanship. We have the best unusual chess sets at non-expensive prices. It's difficult to find UK chess retailers with a range such as we have at The Chess Baron. Most people only have one or two chess sets in the home. Make yours an unusual chess set at a bargain price - one that you can generously pass on to your children - a luxury chess set - something they will treasure and derive lasting pleasure from with precious memories.