The Walters Art Museum

The Museum Store at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland

Lewis Chessmen Cufflinks

Perfect for the chess lover in your life! The Lewis Chessmen are reproduced in miniature hinged cufflinks and made from pewter with an antique silver finish and measure approximately 3/4 inches high and 1/2 inch wide.

The Lewis chess pieces are among the best known objects in the National Museum of Scotland. They were carved from ivory in the late 12th and early 13th century and were found 700 years later on the island of Lewis. The pieces were probably made in Scandinavia and possibly belonged to someone who lived on the Isle of Lewis. Ninety-three pieces from a compendium of games, including four distinct chess sets, were found. Although no chessboards were found, it is possible that the board was of a red and white chequerboard, as opposed to the traditional black and white we use today.