Theme Chess Sets

If classical chess sets may seem a little bit dull to you, there are always theme chess sets to choose from.

Theme Chess Sets are fun to play with and interesting to display in your home or office!

Put more fun into the game of chess with these theme chess sets! Direct Source Games has a great selection of themed chess sets for those who are looking for something a little different!

This category details an extensive range of theme sets which are made in a number of differing materials and in a range of sizes. They are collected by many who have a love of chess but also have an interest in historical events, like the Civil War for example. They also make great gifts to spur interest in chess for the kids- take our fantasy chess set for example! In conclusion, we have a great range of products at great prices!


The Ambawari Gold Painted

List Price: $1,000.00 Price: $850.00 1,001.39 CAD 654.42 EUR 438.60 GBP

This is a one of a kind hand carved, handpainted chess set in buffalo bone.

Featuring a 4" King with base dimensions of 2 1/4" x 1 1/8" wih green felt pads, this 32 piece set was made around 50 years ago in Southern India. If you’re a player of the Game of Kings, you’re sure to love this exquisite Rajasthani chess set, for it is truly a chess set fit for a King. The individual pieces of this unique chess set are works of art, which complement each other perfectly.

Each King and Queen piece is 4” high and is carved and painted to show a large elephant bearing a royal howdah, shaped like a peacock, on its back. The Kings and Queens are not shown in this set; the symbolic howdah, on the elephant’s back, indicates their presence.

The pieces represent two armies of Rajasthan and are painted to show uniforms and turbans, in red and green colours. The pawns are carved as foot soldiers, bearing arms. The Rooks are fighters seated on camels, the Knights are riders mounted on horseback and the Bishops are warriors carried by elephants. The fine painting, on each carefully carved piece, clearly depicts the features of the animals and their riders and details the clothing and weaponry of the fighters.

This set is supplied with the original blue storage box with white velvet lining which accommodates each piece separately for protection.

Modern Day Political Chess set- 1st Edition

Price: $600.00 706.86 CAD 461.94 EUR 309.60 GBP

This is a truly unique set!

This interesting political character set comprises pieces that are 5" tall and have common base sizes of 1 1/2" in diameter with felt bases. These are hand-carved pieces formed in a unique limestone composite. Every piece is individually hand finished, hand-named and checked by the sculptor offering a signed certificate of authenticity.

This set of 32 pieces feature modern day characters taken from all over the world during the 2002/3 timeframe and who made the headlines at that time.

In 10 years time the world will have changed considerably making this set a fascinating historical talking piece for those collectors that own it, creating a wonderful new dimension in chess!

The pieces include the following characters:

Kings, George Bush (US).......Saddam Hussein (Iraq)

Queens, Laura Bush (US).......Winnie Mandela (South Africa)

Bishops, Ariel Sharon (Israel).......Yasser Arafat (Palestine)

Bishops 2, Chancellor Schroeder (Germany).......Jacques Chirac (France)

Knights 1, Tony Blair (UK).....Colonel Gadaffi (Libya)

Knights 2, Vladimir Putin (Russia).......Fidel Castro (Cuba)

Rooks 1, Kofi Annan (UN).......Kim Jong II (North Korea)

Rooks 2,Colin Powell (US).....Osama Bin Laden (Al Queada)

Pawns, Dr Hans Blix (UN).......Robert Mugabe (Zimbabwe)

Rupert Bear Hand-Painted Chess Set

List Price: $650.00 Price: $530.00 624.39 CAD 408.05 EUR 273.48 GBP

Rupert Bear Chess Set, handmade and exquisitely hand-painted. Look at the detail and how it conveys the proginal charm of the characters!

Alice in Wonderland Painted Chess Set

List Price: $650.00 Price: $499.00 587.87 CAD 384.18 EUR 257.48 GBP

This Alice in Wonderland theme chess set comprizing 32 chess men was hand-carved and hand-painted by our sculptor in the UK Note that all similar pieces are not the same-compare the rabbits for instance!

The pieces are large, 5" tall! The bases are black felt-bottomed and measure nearly 1 3/4" in diameter. We would recommend a board with a 2" square size.

The hand painting is very intricate and with very bright colors. This set is a must for any Alice in Wonderland Collector and is available for immediate shipping.

This is a Limited Edition set and is supplied with our Certificate of Authenticity and is signed by the sculptor himself.

Beware of smaller, mass produced cheaper competitor products which do not compare!

"Although this chess set is new, it has a nineteenth century flavor and faithfully captures the personality of the illustrated characters in Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland story. I would highly recommend it to any chess set collector." Review by John Moore

Winnie The Pooh- hand painted

List Price: $559.00 Price: $489.00 576.09 CAD 376.48 EUR 252.32 GBP

Winnie-the-Pooh Chess Set. This beautifully carved and hand-painted set is based on the characters from the ever-popular story. Each set comprises 32 pieces and is supplied with a certificate of authentication.

Christopher Robin Milne, a little boy living in England, received a small stuffed bear on his first birthday. He named him Edward Bear (later renamed Winnie-the-Pooh). Following Edward came the rest of the stuffed animals, which Christopher loved and played with throughout his childhood. One day, Christopher's father, A.A. Milne, and an artist named Ernest H. Shepard, decided that these animals, and two other imaginary friends, Owl and Rabbit, would make fine characters in a bedtime story. From that day on, Pooh and his friends have had many fanciful adventures, from Piglet's encounter with a Heffalump to Eeyore's loss of his tail. These stories have been embraced by millions of children and adult readers for more than 70 years.

This beautifully finished set is one of a special limited edition and is supplied with a certificate of authenticity.

Winnie The Pooh

List Price: $499.00 Price: $450.00 530.15 CAD 346.46 EUR 232.20 GBP

Winnie-the-Pooh Chess Set. This beautifully carved set is based on the characters from the ever-popular story. Each set comprises 32 pieces and is supplied with a certificate of authentication.

Christopher Robin Milne, a little boy living in England, received a small stuffed bear on his first birthday. He named him Edward Bear (later renamed Winnie-the-Pooh). Following Edward came the rest of the stuffed animals, which Christopher loved and played with throughout his childhood.

One day, Christopher's father, A.A. Milne, and an artist named Ernest H. Shepard, decided that these animals, and two other imaginary friends, Owl and Rabbit, would make fine characters in a bedtime story. From that day on, Pooh and his friends have had many fanciful adventures, from Piglet's encounter with a Heffalump to Eeyore's loss of his tail. These stories have been embraced by millions of children and adult readers for more than 70 years.

A special note about all of our Limited Edition Chess Sets:

It is most relevant to point out that our Limited Edition products are not made using a mass-production technique utilizing inexpensive latex molds as many others are. Every one of our pieces have been made individually by the hand of our sculptor using a different process [more consistent with pewter sets]. This process shows up much more intricate carving detail and imperfections where they exist! Latex molds have a tendency of 'smoothing out' some of the detail in the carving, particularly because they can swell slightly in the curing process. For example, even a thumbprint would show up using our technique and we believe capturing the entire carving art is so very important!This detail difference may not be too obvious from a web page comparison. As a result there are slight differences between the sets of the same type in terms of coloration and detail.

Thru' the Looking Glass

List Price: $499.00 Price: $450.00 530.15 CAD 346.46 EUR 232.20 GBP

The book is itself based on a chess game with 'living' chess pieces. The quality of the carving of our pieces are brought alive and will be a showpiece for any home.

Each set comprises 32 pieces and is supplied with a certificate of authentication.

Brer Rabbit Theme Chess Set>

List Price: $499.00 Price: $450.00 530.15 CAD 346.46 EUR 232.20 GBP

Seven playful folktales follow the adventures of the crafty Brer Rabbit, the wily Brer Fox, and the dumbfounded Brer Bear, introducing young readers to the original humor and wisdom of traditional African lore. The chesspieces have been intricately carved to show the colorful characters while retaining all the charm that had been written into the stories so well.

Please note: Only around 20 sets will be produced and 18 have already been sold and distributed worldwide!

Each set comprises 32 huge (up to 5" tall pieces) and is supplied with a Certificate of Authentication.

A special note about all of our Limited Edition Chess Sets:

It is most relevant to point out that our Limited Edition products are not made using a mass-production technique utilizing inexpensive latex molds as many others are. Every one of our pieces have been made individually by the hand of our supplier's sculptor using a different process [more consistent with pewter sets]. This process shows up much more intricate carving detail and imperfections where they exist! Latex molds have a tendency of 'smoothing out' some of the detail in the carving, particularly because they can swell slightly in the curing process. For example, even a thumbprint would show up using our technique and we believe capturing the entire carving art is so very important!This detail difference may not be too obvious from a web page comparison. As a result there are slight differences between the sets of the same type in terms of coloration and detail.

The Lion, Witch and Wardrobe

List Price: $450.00 Price: $420.00 494.80 CAD 323.36 EUR 216.72 GBP

This magnificently carved chess set is based on the characters in the book "The Lion,the Witch,and the Wardrobe" written by C. S. Lewis.

The main point of this story is that harmony among siblings is no less a struggle than the epochal battle between Good and Evil. The problem faced by Lucy and her siblings (Peter, Susan, Edmund) is to deliver Narnia, the land they reached crossing the magic wardrobe, from the clutches of an evil White Witch. Matters are complicated when Edmund yields to the dark side for a fistful of sweets. The resolution of the problem is brought about by the providential appearance of the lion-king, Aslan. His arrival enables the children, in turn, to do great deeds of their own.

This magnificent set comprises different pieces on both the king and queen sides and 4 different pawn styles!

Don Quixote Theme Chess Set

List Price: $350.00 Price: $399.00 470.06 CAD 307.19 EUR 205.88 GBP

A theme chess set based on the classic book Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes.

This is the story of a gentle knight, a man seeking truth and justice who goes beautifully mad in the process. Cervantes sets free our imagination and discovers for us a new quality about the human spirit.

The characters represented in this chess set are:

King/Don Quixote, Queen/Rozanthe, Bishop/Torquemada, Knight/Cross-legged horse, Rook/Pancho, Pawn/Whippet

This chess set is an end of the range set and will soon be phased out.

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A special note about all of our Limited Edition Chess Sets:

It is most relevant to point out that our Limited Edition products are not made using a mass-production technique utilizing inexpensive latex molds as many others are. Every one of our pieces have been made individually by the hand of our sculptor using a different process [more consistent with pewter sets]. This process shows up much more intricate carving detail and imperfections where they exist! Latex molds have a tendency of 'smoothing out' some of the detail in the carving, particularly because they can swell slightly in the curing process. For example, even a thumbprint would show up using our technique and we believe capturing the entire carving art is so very important!This detail difference may not be too obvious from a web page comparison. As a result there are slight differences between the sets of the same type in terms of coloration and detail.

As is customary with theme chess sets, the board is sold separately.


The Exquisite Bird decorative Chess Set in bone

The Exquisite Bird decorative Chess Set in bone

List Price: $799.00 Price: $699.00 You save $100.00 (13%) off the usual list price 883.68 CAD 552.84 EUR 493.70 GBP

This exquisite hand-carved camel bone bird set is an ornithologit's dream come true! A one-of-a kind and available only in strictly limited numbers as they are made by our Indian artisan. This is a 32 piece set and features a 'king' piece that is 6" tall.The base of these pieces are oval measuring 1 5/8" x 1 1/4" with blue felt pads.

Alexander The Great Chess Set

Alexander The Great Chess Set

Price: $599.00 757.26 CAD 473.75 EUR 423.07 GBP

"For I myself believe that there was at that time no race of mankind, no city, no single individual, to which the name of Alexander had not reached". - Arrian

We are proud to bring you this 7" set of chess men carved in pure ebony and boxwood combo and depicting the best in Indian artistry.One side features Alexander the Great (Sikander) and the other features the Indian king Porus. The pawns of both the armies have traditional dresses of their respective ages.

The base diameter of the largest piece, Alexander, is 1 7/8" and all pieces have felt slides. These chess pieces are supplied in a sturdy cardboard box, so all the value is in the pieces.

Elephants Collector's Chess Set

Elephants Collector's Chess Set

List Price: $800.00 Price: $699.00 You save $101.00 (13%) off the usual list price 883.68 CAD 552.84 EUR 493.70 GBP

This is a one-off 32 piece hand-made elephants chess set featuring incredibly skilled painting. Shipped in the velvet-lined case shown.

The tallest piece, the King, stands 3 1/2" tall and rests on an oval base measuring nearly 2" x 1 3/4". The pads are of billiard board felt.

We only have one set available and each set takes the artisan over a month to make.

Chariots Collector Chess Set

Chariots Collector Chess Set

List Price: $1,500.00 Price: $1,350.00 You save $150.00 (10%) off the usual list price 1,706.67 CAD 1,067.72 EUR 953.51 GBP

This brass and silver plated chess set features a king which is 6" tall.

Moon theme bone Chess set

Moon theme bone Chess set

List Price: $500.00 Price: $399.00 You save $101.00 (20%) off the usual list price 504.42 CAD 315.57 EUR 281.81 GBP

A new moon design carved and decorated in a new lacquered earthy brown/maroon stain. This set of camel bone chessmen features a King which is 5 1/2" tall and with a base diameter of 1 6/8".

This set is potentially an astronomers' dream set that is completely hand made and is available in strictly limited numbers. An optional chess board with 2" squares and made of camel bone and horn is available.

Sea Life Camel bone Chess Set

Sea Life Camel bone Chess Set

Price: $569.00 719.33 CAD 450.02 EUR 401.88 GBP

What could be deemed as a marine biologist's dream chess set this hand carved in camel bone, this 32 piece set has a combination of pieces in deep blue and ivory color white. We are told it takes two months for each set to be made by a single artisan in India.

This set of 32 pieces is supplied without the board shown which is typical for a collector set like this.

The natural mussel chessboard measuring 23" x 23" with 2 1/8" squares may be purchased separately as the option shown.

The Musicians fine bone chess set

The Musicians fine bone chess set

Price: $1,495.00 1,889.98 CAD 1,182.40 EUR 1,055.92 GBP

This is a one of a kind hand sculpted chess set in buffalo bone and decorated by hand.

Comprising 32 pieces each piece is unique and would make a superb musically inclined chess player/chess collector.

The pictures have been taken on the optional luxury 23" x 23" rosewood chess board with 2 3/8" squares. We also offer this board in sheesham which may provide a preferred color contrast against the red pieces which are displayed.

You will notice that each of the pawns are playing different musical instruments!

The height of the tallest 'King" piece is 4 3/4" and it has a base diameter of 1 1/2". Each piece has a cushioning pad of green felt so as to ensure that the chess board that is used is protected from scratching.

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