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This Isle of Lewis Chess Set is a wonderful gift from Ireland for the sophisticated collector to treasure.

The Isle of Lewis Chess Set is possibly the most popular chess set in the world and this set is handmade by O’Gowna, Naul, Co. Dublin, Ireland.


Brand: O'Gowna Studios

Material: Limestone

Made in: Dublin

Full Gift Description

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.

Chess board included, measures 38 x 38cm. Pieces range 4 cm – 8.5 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.

The Isle of Lewis Chess Set is an ideal gift for:

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

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We aim to dispatch in-stock orders within 24 hours, but certainly within 2 working days.

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


13 reviews for Isle of Lewis Chess Set

  1. Margaret (verified owner)

    Its perfect thank you.

  2. P (verified owner)

    Perfect gift for my chess mad husband. Really good quality

  3. joseph e mahany (verified owner)


  4. Kremena

    Such an amazing chess set, I got it for my boyfriend’s birthday and he absolutely loved it. Amazing gift for anyone that loves chess!

  5. Lisa (verified owner)

    I was very pleased with my purchase from Totally Irish Gifts.
    They provide excellent customer service, and the Isle of Lewis chess set
    that I ordered is absolutely stunning! Highly recommended!

  6. Sarah, Ireland

    Received with thanks with much enjoyment.

  7. Joshua

    I will say that I’m truly happy with my purchase of the Isle of Lewis Chess Set. I was traveling in Ireland for 2 weeks and came across this set in Galway. At the time I didn’t have the room to bring it home. So I decided to purchase the item online once I got home. Luckily I did because I saved a difference from 175 Euros to 140 Euros. Since I have received the item I am undefeated against all my friends and play solo games constantly. I truly love this set and I am already planning on the purchase on one of the other sets. I highly recommend this purchase to anyone who is a fan of chess. I has truly brought back memories of chess club in middle school… ; )

  8. Fidelma

    Stunning chess board…very well crafted. It will be cherish for many a year in our house.

  9. Susan

    I bought this for my 10 year old son for Christmas. He loves it (he is chess mad!) he thinks its like the chess board from Harry Potter!! Very special present!

  10. Alison

    Really pleased with this gift, the quality of both the pieces and the board are amazing. Really great service as well, was told my the product sold out just as my order went through however they contacted the supplier over the weekend and still managed to get the chess set delivered to me in time for Christmas!

  11. B., Co Laois

    The chess set arrived yesterday. It was for my mum & she’s delighted. Great service & really fast.

  12. Antonio, Romagna, Italy

    Item as described, excellent service, it’s a pleasure to deal with this seller, many thanks! A+++

  13. Rose, Galway, Ireland

    I was delighted with this purchase, what an absolutely beautiful chess set. It is a Xmas gift for my husband and I know he will greatly appreciate it, in all its splendour. I would definitely recommend this gift, whether you are a chess lover or not and Totally Irish Gifts website. The set arrived very promptly and packed with care. Thanks again Shauna!!

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