Chess pieces - 1890 Edition 4" in Beech Box Chess Pieces in Beech Box
A faithful reproduction of our 1890 Edition 4" Chess Set in a Beech 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.
This timeless chess set is available in the following styles:
Mahogany and Green Box
Oak and Red Box
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 Staunton 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 1890 Edition 4" Chess Set in a solid Beech 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 50mm
Rook: Base Diameter 42mm
Pawn: Base Diameter 33mm
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