Lewis Chessmen Playing Cards

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Exclusive to the British Museum, a twin pack of playing cards featuring a design inspired by the Lewis Chessmen on the reverse of each card.

About the Lewis Chessmen:

The Lewis Chessmen consist of elaborately worked walrus ivory and whales’ teeth in the forms of seated kings and queens, mitred bishops, knights on their mounts, standing warders and pawns in the shape of obelisks. They were found in the vicinity of Uig on the Isle of Lewis, but were probably made in Norway, in around 1150-1200 AD. At this time, the Western Isles where the Chessmen were buried were part of the kingdom of Norway, and not Scotland as they are today.

Although very few details of the origins of the Chessmen are known, it is possible that they belonged to a merchant travelling from Norway and that they were buried for safekeeping on route to be traded in Ireland. This seems likely as there are enough pieces, though with some elements missing, to make four sets.

No exact account of the discovery remains, but they apparently came to light after the collapse of a sand-bank on the coast of the island revealed their hiding place to a passing islander. All that is certain is that they were found some time before 11th April 1831 when they were exhibited at the Society of the Antiquaries in Scotland.

Of the original 93 pieces discovered on the Isle of Lewis, 82 pieces are now housed in the British Museum.

Bring a little history to your game nights with these fun playing cards.

  • Product Code: CMCP33650
  • Product Weight: 0.225Kg
  • Theme: The Lewis Chessmen
  • T.P: 4.20
  • Dimensions: Twin pack: H13.5 x W10 x L3cm
  • Postage Weight: 0.23 Kg

Exclusive to the British Museum, a twin pack of playing cards featuring a design inspired by the Lewis Chessmen on the reverse of each card.

About the Lewis Chessmen:

The Lewis Chessmen consist of elaborately worked walrus ivory and whales’ teeth in the forms of seated kings and queens, mitred bishops, knights on their mounts, standing warders and pawns in the shape of obelisks. They were found in the vicinity of Uig on the Isle of Lewis, but were probably made in Norway, in around 1150-1200 AD. At this time, the Western Isles where the Chessmen were buried were part of the kingdom of Norway, and not Scotland as they are today.

Although very few details of the origins of the Chessmen are known, it is possible that they belonged to a merchant travelling from Norway and that they were buried for safekeeping on route to be traded in Ireland. This seems likely as there are enough pieces, though with some elements missing, to make four sets.

No exact account of the discovery remains, but they apparently came to light after the collapse of a sand-bank on the coast of the island revealed their hiding place to a passing islander. All that is certain is that they were found some time before 11th April 1831 when they were exhibited at the Society of the Antiquaries in Scotland.

Of the original 93 pieces discovered on the Isle of Lewis, 82 pieces are now housed in the British Museum.

Bring a little history to your game nights with these fun playing cards.

  • Product Code: CMCP33650
  • Product Weight: 0.225Kg
  • Theme: The Lewis Chessmen
  • T.P: 4.20
  • Dimensions: Twin pack: H13.5 x W10 x L3cm
  • Postage Weight: 0.23 Kg

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