A typical chess game becomes a richer experience when you're using our Medieval Irish figurines, all crafted out of finest pewter, resulting with each piece being weighty, durable and still elegant.
One half of the set is darkened and polished to give a shiny finish while the other half of the set is darkened and then brushed to leave a more dull finish highlighting the beautiful detail. The wooden black and ivory colour board complements the set.
Keeping a beautiful chess set on your coffee table makes for an excellent living room centerpiece, as a challenge is always at hand.
Crafted in Ireland
The history of Irish Pewter goes back 800 years. The early craftsmen produced the first domestic pewter utensils, consisting mainly of tankards, plates and candlesticks. Around the 12th. century, pewter was only for the wealthy, where it was to be found on the tables of castle halls and in rich merchant's and churchmen's houses. Later the use of pewter spread into taverns and cottages. In the 18th and 19th centuries, with the introduction of pottery and glass, pewter use declined but it has seen a more recent revival.
It's now fashionable to buy pewter for everyday use. Pewter is easy to store, never wears out and also on special occasions it provides a splendid display.
About the only thing that has changed in pewter manufacture is the materials. Originally pewter was made from a composition of lead as well as tin. Today, the raw materials consist of 95% tin with the balance made up of copper and antimony. Our pewter products are guaranteed lead-free and quite safe to be used for all kinds of food and drink.