The 8 Best Pewter Chess Sets

Updated December 22, 2016 by Steven John

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We spent 23 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top picks for this wiki. Few objects bring more elegance to a room than a handsome chess set, and few sets are as striking as those featuring pewter pieces. Whether you have an aspiring Grand Master in the family or you just like them as decorative items, one of these fine selections will serve your home or office well. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best pewter chess set on Amazon.

8. Lord of the Rings

This Lord of the Rings chess set from The Noble Collection costs nearly $500, making it too pricey an option for all but the most diehard Tolkien fans. For those who count Gandalf and Frodo as important figures in their lives, however, it might be a must-have item.
  • officially licensed by warner bros
  • middle-earth map below board
  • sword blades snap easily
Brand The Noble Collection
Model NN2990
Weight 22.6 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

7. Design Toscano "Knights Mortal Conflict"

The Design Toscano "Knights Mortal Conflict" set features hand-cast pieces made using crushed stone and resin that are subsequently painted to resemble actual pewter. They look and feel like metal, but the set costs less than most genuine pewter options.
  • board seals with metal clasp
  • rather small set
  • pieces are easily damaged
Brand Design Toscano
Model CL94249
Weight 4.7 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

6. HPL Medieval Times

The large, heavy, and well-made pewter chess pieces that come in this HPL Medieval Times set will elevate the aesthetics of any chessboard you already own. Unfortunately, you will need a separate board to enjoy this set, as no playing surface comes included.
  • hand-painted metal
  • felt pads on each piece
  • overpriced for set without board
Brand HPL
Model NA
Weight 8.1 pounds
Rating 4.3 / 5.0

5. Street Fighter 25th Anniversary

This Street Fighter 25th Anniversary chess set might seem like an oddity to anyone not already fond of the iconic video game franchise, but to devotees of the modern classic, it will be a cherished keepsake. The playing surface is made from smoked and sandblasted glass.
  • certificate of authenticity included
  • includes all the main characters
  • pieces are not actual pewter
Brand Street Fighter
Model pending
Weight 10 pounds
Rating 4.4 / 5.0

4. Artchess King Arthur

The Artchess King Arthur set features an array of handsome, hefty pieces, many of which weigh as much as a quarter of a pound. Their large size makes them easy for small hands to grasp, thus this is a good set for the young player just learning the ways of chess.
  • foam padding inside box
  • handsome faux copper patina
  • board scratches easily
Brand Artchess King Arthur
Model pending
Weight pending
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

3. Designcovers Civil War

With the Designcovers Civil War chess set, you can pit Lincoln against Davis, and Grant against Lee all over again, with the outcome of this latest Civil War battle anything but settled. The handsome pieces measure between two and three inches in height.
  • great gift for history buff
  • sturdy pieces last for years
  • details are rather faint
Brand Designcovers Civil War
Model pending
Weight pending
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

2. Hansen Staunton

This Hansen Staunton antique-style set would not have looked out of place in a 19th century drawing room, and it certainly won't look out of place in your home today. Its pieces are simple, yet elegant, easily identified and without frivolous adornment.
  • handsome cherrywood board
  • suede storage bags included
  • box with a felt-lined interior
Brand Hansen
Model pending
Weight pending
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

1. CHH Roman Gladiator 3D

This ornately wrought CHH Roman Gladiator 3D set suspends a glass chessboard over a recreation of the ruins of Rome's famous Coliseum. It is a stunning decorative item, ideal for an office or for a resplendent home library or study.
  • durable cast resin base
  • pieces have bronze and silver hues
  • lauded by owners
Brand CHH
Model 2127D
Weight 32.5 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

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Last updated on December 22, 2016 by Steven John

When not writing or spending time with his family, Steven tries to squeeze in some mountain climbing. In addition to writing for several websites and journals, Steven has published multiple novels.

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