Chess pieces - 4" Reintroduction Mahogany Box Chess Pieces & Mahogany Box
This beautiful 4 inch Reintroduction Chess Set from Jaques is an exact replica of the exquisite four inch Club Staunton set first produced by Jaques in the early 1890’s and is limited to just 500 sets.
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 Purchase a Chess 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. As world renowned purveyor of some of the finest handmade chess sets available, Jaques is proud to present this beautiful limited edition set for your playing pleasure. Handmade from boxwood and jet black Ebony, featuring the original Staunton design, the pieces are presented in a lavish casket, handmade from the finest mahogany complete with lock. After your purchase, don’t forget to return your registration certificate so your name can be added to the Jaques Staunton Chess Register and become a part of the storied history of this legendary game.
Wooden Box: 22.2cm x 16.2cm x 12cm
King: Base Diameter 45mm
Rook: Base Diameter 40mm
Pawn: Base Diameter 33mm
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