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Jaques of London - Original Staunton Design Chess Set with 3.75" King


Jaques of London - Original Staunton Design Chess Set with 3.75" King

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Product Code: 49375-A


Jaques of London
3.75" Original Staunton Design Chess Set

Carved from fine, Ebonized boxwood by Jaques of Londonís master craftsmen, this 3.75" original Staunton design chess set is lovingly presented in a finely crafted box with a sliding lid. Jaques chess sets are the "Gold Standard" for chess sets. A Jaques will always hold its value and constantly brings the highest prices at auction. The exquisite craftsmanship of Jaques chess sets is known and appreciated worldwide.

Staunton 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 produce a set using symbols (for the king, a crown, for the bishop, a mitre) which could be easily recognized and reproduced. This radical design received rave reviews in the press, particulary 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 favorite board game, chess.

King Height: 3.75 inches
King Base: 1.65 inches
Recommended Board Square Size: 2.25 inches

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