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A Guide to Decorative Chess Sets

A chess set is a brain-tightening, palm-sweating, foe-crushing battleground - don't shove it in a drawer between matches! Luckily, this classic board game is also beautiful, and many chess sets are designed to bring character and life to a room even when it's not in play. Strategic aesthetes, rejoice! There are tons of unique chess sets for collectors, players, and displayers, unique in materials and theme. Let's start with material.

Metal Chess Sets and Chess Pieces

Gold, bronze, copper, silver, and brass chess sets require detailed, difficult production that results in a truly striking look. Nice and heavy, metal pieces feel great in your hand and nicely complement a wide variety of chess boards. Select a traditional Staunton or Lardy style or a stout medieval character-based metal chess set to match traditional decor, or sleek contemporary metal chess pieces if you're more the mod-loft type.

3D Dragon Pewter Chess Set
3D Dragon Pewter Chess Set
Staunton Metal Chess Set
Staunton Metal Chess Set
Marble/Alabaster Chess Pieces

Hand-carved and polished for a uniquely classic look, marble, alabaster, and polystone chess pieces make a stately statement. Marble sets are great for an industrial-feeling space, while white alabaster evokes the image of a true king. Polystone chess sets represent the marriage of technology and taste - this blend of crushed rock and resin lets set-makers craft intricately carved pieces that look they were pulled straight from the quarry.

Black and Tan Marble Chess Set
Black and Tan Marble Chess Set
Brown and White Alabaster Chess Set with Inlaid Wood Frame
Brown and White Alabaster Chess Set with Inlaid Wood Frame
Poly- and Marble Resin Chess Sets and Chess Pieces

For a splash of color and realism, look to polymer resin chess sets or marble resin for your chessmen. These molded pieces feature a high level of detail and a propensity for colorful paint. Poly- and marble resin are most often used for historical chess sets and other character-based pieces. Re-enacting your favorite battle can only add to the fervor of chess fever while bringing color to the game.

Winnie the Pooh Chess Set
Winnie the Pooh Chess Set
Dark Fantasy Chess Pieces
Dark Fantasy Chess Pieces
Wooden Chess Sets

You can't go wrong with a classic. Rosewood, ebony, and walnut are some of the most common woods found in our chess sets, but they're anything but common. These dark, grainy chess pieces finish beautifully and stand out compared to more traditional hardwoods. Matching well with wooden chess boards, wood pieces abound in both modern and traditional style.

3D Tiered Solid Sapele Wood Chess Set
3D-Tiered Solid Sapele Wood Chess Set
Camphor Chess and Checkers Set with Storage
Camphor Chess and Checkers Set with Storage
Themed Chess Sets

Chess is a battleground both metaphorical and literal. What better place to pair up classic foes from history, mythology, and popular culture - you and an opponent can relive battles once fought or always imagined, and the outcome is up to you. Our themed chess sets come in a wide variety of types, all rendered in rich detail. Here's a look at some of our most popular themes:

American History Chess Sets

Let freedom ring by re-enacting battles and eras from the formation of these United States on your chessboard. The Civil War, Revolutionary War, and even Pearl Harbor are here, molded and painted into exquisite chess sets that'll please both the historian and the serious player. From Washington to FDR, let freedom ring as a spectacular accent to your home.

American Revolution Painted Resin Chess Pieces
American Revolution Painted Resin Chess Pieces
Civil War Hand-Painted Polystone Chessmen
Civil War Hand-Painted Polystone Chessmen
Middle Ages Chess Sets

The time of knights, kings, and noblemen is rich with battle-based history, and we're rich with chess sets representing its classic struggles, adventures, and battles. Medieval or Crusades-themed chess sets bring gravitas and a touch of classicism to your room, and a King Arthur or Holy Grail-themed set never goes out of style. Armored knights and other battle-ready pieces add a seriousness to the chess contest and a ruggedness to any space.

Medieval Polystone Chessmen
Medieval Polystone Chessmen
Medieval Times Fortess Chess Set
Medieval Times Fortess Chess Set
World Civilizations

Why bother with the King when you've got a Pharaoh? Chess sets representing world civilizations both historical and current bring a worldly sense to your home and an exotic feel to your game. Whether 'tis nobler to play as a Roman or an emperor from the Tang dynasty is up to you - our chess sets are representative of the world. Place in front of a crackling fire or framed atlas for extra authenticity.

Hannibal Roman Chess Pieces
Hannibal Roman Chess Pieces
Egyptian Painted Resin Chess Pieces
Egyptian Painted Resin Chess Pieces
Novelty Chess Sets

Chess is a game, right? Some people take it so seriously. If your last name's not Fischer or Byrne, it's okay to have a little fun with your novelty chess set. You'll find farm animals, zombies, sumo wrestlers, Winnie the Pooh, and more waiting to team up with you here at Hayneedle.com. For a chess set that's sure to be the center of attention, pick something that's as weird as you are.

Robin Hood Hand Painted Chess Pieces
Robin Hood Hand Painted Chess Pieces
The Old West Alabaster Chess Pieces
The Old West Alabaster Chess Pieces
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