Chess is one of the oldest board games known to man, and the chess pieces used are as distinctive as any game pieces youll ever see. Even people who have never played the game recognize a set of chess pieces immediately. Once simply functional, todays chess men are works of art that many serious players collect for their beauty as well as their utilitarian purpose.
Choice of Chessmen Reflects Other Interests
In fact, collecting chess pieces has spilled over to collectors of many other kinds. Chess players can now combine their interest in history, science fiction or rare woods and carvings with their passion for chess. The reason? The beautifully designed and carved chess pieces that are central to the game are now offered in styles to reflect every taste and interest.
If you are a Civil War history buff, a chess set with Civil War figures can bring an extra bit of excitement as you and your opponent pit North against South once again. Other history fans will appreciate a chess match-up between Greeks and Romans or medieval troops.
Or perhaps fantasy chess pieces are more your style, with one sides knights pitted against the other sides dragons....