by Inigo del Castillo in New Products on Monday 16 December 2013

This one will set the bar in terms of Christmas gift uniqueness and unpredictability. I’ll bet my entire house that your friends and family won’t be able to guess what’s inside the box with this taxidermied mice chess set. The set, which includes 16 light coloured mice and 16 dark mice, is sold (Or was. Someone actually bought it, you guys!) by Etsy user TheCurious13 for $450.

On her Etsy page, she describes: ‘This delightfully deceased taxidermy chess set is sure to get peoples attention. Every mouse was a unique creature in life, making each piece of this set a one of kind creation. Hand stuffed by me, but created by the guy upstairs (or whoever you believe created mice)’.

She continues, ‘All specimens were acquired from a captive breeding facility that distributes frozen rodents for reptile feeding, so don’t feel sad if these little guys were not battling it out on the chess board they would be deep in the belly of a snake’.

UPDATE: We interviewed Etsy user ‘TheCurious13′! Here’s a sneak peek of our short talk with the artist behind the taxidermy mice chess set.

Where did you get the idea of turning taxidermy mice into pieces for a chess set?

Well I have always been fascinated by the game, although I do not play myself.  In high school I began work on a chess set made from clay, that unfortunately I never completed, and the pieces that were finished were lost due to hurricane damage.  After I started doing taxidermy, I was trying to come up with a large piece that might attract some attention at a horror convention I was vending at, and I remembered my old chess set.  It just seemed too fun not to try.  It did get some attention at the show but did not sell, I decided to try it out on Etsy and before I knew it was all over the internet.