Chess pieces - 1855 Edition 3.5" in Oak Box In Oak Presentation Box
StrategicDevelops careful thought and planning
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A faithful reproduction of our 1855 Edition 3.5" Chess Set in an Oak presentation box - perfect for play, and a wonderful talking point. Part of a limited run, so buy now to own a piece of chess history.
Jaques of London has been instrumental in the development and success of modern chess. Chess pieces before the mid 19th century were of two kinds - excessively elaborate and costly hand-carved reproductions of the Kings court, or rudely turned and daubed pieces in which rank was dictated by height alone. In the 1840s, this all changed. Nathaniel Cooke, proprietor of the Illustrated London News, brought John Jaques a new and elegant design for chessmen. Between the two of them, this initial design was polished to produce a set using symbols (for the king, a crown, for the bishop, a mitre) which could be easily recognised and reproduced. This radical design received rave reviews in the press, particularly for the exquisite design of the Knight, based on sculptures from the famous Elgin Marbles. Mr Howard Staunton, the first British chess World Champion, was so taken with the design that he agreed to have his name and signature adorn every box of pieces. The Special Edition chess set, as it became known, is now the de facto standard for play at all levels. Few companies can say they influenced the development of a game the way Jaques of London has shaped the world's favourite board game, chess. This is our 1855 Edition 3.5" Chess Set in a solid Oak presentation box with brass furniture and a baize lining. A faithful reproduction of one of our original sets, own a piece of chess history today!
Wooden Box: 22.2cm x 16.2cm x 12cm
King: Base Diameter 43mm
Rook: Base Diameter 33mm
Pawn: Base Diameter 27mm
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