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The Isle of Lewis Chess Set is based on a set which was discovered in the outer Hebrides in 1831, believed to have been carved by an Icelandic sailor in the twelfth century.

The crowned King carries a broadsword and is flanked by pieces representing medieval Knights and Bishops. The Rook is represented by a sentry armed with a sword and carrying an engraved shield.

The Isle of Lewis Chess Set is possibly the most popular chess set in the world and was also used in the first Harry Potter movie. This set is handmade by O’Gowna, Naul, Co. Dublin, Ireland.

Brand: O'Gowna Studios

Material: Limestone

Made in: Dublin

Full Gift Description

This Isle of Lewis Chess Set is a wonderful gift from Ireland for the sophisticated collector to treasure. The rook is represented by a sentry, armed with a sowrd and carrying an engraved shield. From a historical point of view, The Lewis pieces should be considered along with the more ornate pieces in the Leipzig Museum and in the Museum of Cluny, Paris, as well as the British Museum in London.


  • Chess board: 23 x 23 x .6 cm
  • Pieces: range 2 cm – 5 cm
  • O’Gowna box: 33 x 26 x 5 cm

This Isle of Lewis Chess Set is made from cold cast porcelain, i.e. a porcelain powder that is bonded so that they are both decorative and functional, which means they don’t break easily. O’Gowna was taught this process over twenty years ago by Royal Doulton master craftsmen.

As this craft is handmade there may be visual variations, however, the same high quality of craftsmanship will apply to all sets.

This Irish gift is ideal for:

  • St. Patrick’s Day Gifts
  • Anniversary Gifts (especially 9th Anniversary gift is pottery)
  • Birthdays Gifts
  • Christmas Gifts
  • Father’s Day Gifts
  • Mother’s Day Gifts
  • New Home Gifts
  • Retirement Gifts
  • Wedding Gifts

Fantastic Chess Sets Ireland. Made in Ireland by O’Gowna Studios, Dublin.

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Delivery Cost:
Express tracked post within Ireland (32 counties) for orders under €70 = €5.00
Express tracked post within Ireland (32 counties) for orders over €70 = FREE SHIPPING
Express tracked post to U.K. = €8.00
Express tracked post to Rest of the World = cost varies and is based on weight and size of packaged order, customers can view this cost in the cart and in checkout


1 review for Isle of Lewis Chess Set (small)

  1. Jo Ann, California, USA (verified owner)

    I love it, arrived swiftly and perfectly packaged, it is exactly the size I wanted, not too big and not mini, just gorgeous and have gotten lots of compliments!!!

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