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Deluxe Chess Sets has the greatest selection of Staunton pattern chessmen, wooden chess boards, and theme chess sets. These are truly exquisite chess games, unique chess sets, and chess equipment. Staunton chess set products are the preferred pattern in official tournaments world wide.  Each Staunton chess piece is handcrafted from the finest woods that was first made by the firm John Jaques and Son in 1849.  Now you can add class to your chess playing experience at an affordable price.

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The Altamura Series Luxury Chess Pieces - 4.4" King

The Altamura Series Luxury Chess Pieces - 4.4" King

The Altamura Series Luxury Chess Pieces - 4.4" King
The Altamura Series Luxury Chess Pieces - 4.4" King, Natural Boxwood and Genuine EbonyThe Altamura Series Luxury Chess Pieces - 4.4" King, Natural Boxwood and Genuine Ebony
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Deluxe Chess Sets is proud to The Altamura Artisan Series Chessmen. These Chessmen feature a 4.4" King with a 2.0" Diameter base and are very heavily weighted.

The Chess pieces are hand carved by our master artisans and crafted out of the highest grade woods. The Chess pieces are heavily weighted with English Leather basepads on the King and luxurious billiard cloth base pads on the other Chess pieces, with a beautiful finish. As with all of our Chess sets, the Altamura Series exemplifies a perfect combination of distinct beauty and functionality. It has been designed to withstand the rigors of practical play while maintaining an elegance which has become the hallmark of a House of Staunton chess set. The design, quality and craftsmanship of this set is unmatched by any set of Chessmen in its price range.  

The design of the Altamura Series Luxury Chess set is without a doubt, one of the finest chess sets ever produced. It offers the highest level of detail and would make a wonderful additional to any Chess collection.

The Chessboard shown above is for photographic purposes and not included with these Chessmen and must be purchased separately.

Specifications
Material Used Wood (Hand Carved)
King Heigh 4.4" (11.18 cm)
King Base Diameter 2.0" (5.0 cm)
Total Set Weight: 80.3 ounces (2.28 kg)
Total Number of Pieces (Includes 2 Additional Queens and Knights) 34
Recommended Board Size 2.5" (6.4 cm)
Chess Board Included? The Chess Board featured is for photographic purposes only and must be purchased separately.
African Palisander and Maple Wooden Tournament Chessboard

African Palisander and Maple Wooden Tournament Chessboard

African Palisander and Maple Wooden Tournament Chessboard
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Crafted in Europe, the Mahogany & Maple Wooden Tournament Chessboard features African Palisander (dark) and Maple (light) squares with a African Palisander frame. This Chessboard is 0.5" thick, has a satin finish, has the House of Staunton logo silk-screened on the h1 square and has the Rank and File Labels that make it an excellent training tool.
The Cooke Chess Set & Chessboard Combination

The Cooke Chess Set & Chessboard Combination

The Cooke Chess Set & Chessboard Combination
Blackwood and Bird's Eye Maple Standard Traditional Chess Board - Gloss Finish, 2.25" (57mm) SquaresThe Cooke Chess Set & Chessboard Combination
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THE CHESSMEN: Deluxe Chess Sets is proud to introduce our newest masterpiece - The Cooke Series Staunton pattern Chessmen. It is exact reproduction of the Jaques of London Chessmen Circa 1849 Cooke Staunton Pattern Chessmen. These Chessmen feature a 3 5/8" King with a 1.75" Diameter base and are very heavily weighted. This is an accurate reproduction of the original Boxwood and Genuine Ebony Staunton chessmen. There is some controversy as to who actually designed these revolutionary chessmen, Nathaniel Cooke, John Jaques or Howard Staunton. What is known is that, on 1st March, 1849, Nathaniel Cooke, 198, Strand, London, registered an Ornamental Design for a set of Chess-Men, under the Ornamental Designs Act of 1842.. The sole manufacturer was the London firm of John Jaques and bore the name of the most prominent player of that time, Howard Staunton.

The right to manufacture such sets was acquired by John Jaques who began to supply the retail trade on 29 September, 1849. On the same day, the following advertisement appeared Illustrated London News: A set of Chessmen, of a pattern combining elegance and solidity to a degree hitherto unknown, has recently appeared under the auspices of the celebrated player Mr. STAUNTON. A guiding principle has been to give by their form a signification to the various pieces - thus the king is represented by a crown, the Queen by a coronet. The pieces generally are fashioned with convenience to the hand; and it is to be remarked, that while there is so great an accession to elegance of form, it is not attained at the expense of practical utility. Mr. STAUNTON'S pattern adopts but elevates the conventional form; and the base of the Pieces being of a large diameter, they are more steady than ordinary sets. Illustrated London News, September 8, 1849.

Shortly thereafter, the Morning Herald wrote: A new set of Chessmen has recently appeared under the auspices of Mr. STAUNTON, who, observing their manifest superiority over the old figures in ordinary use, not only as works of art, but in the more practical necessities of convenience, has vouchsafed the guarantee of his name and recommendation. Those who have been in the habit of playing the game will remember the awkward, and inelegant structure of the generality of the shapes which have been in vogue. No artificial feeling until now has ever been brought to bear upon the formation of a pattern which should satisfy the eye both on the score of elegance and propriety.

And the Morning Chronicle wrote: Mr, STAUNTON, the well-known Chess-player, has associated his name with a new and improved set of Chessmen, of which we have seen a specimen. The chief respect in which these Chess-men differ from the various kinds now in use in this country is that the form of each piece more effectually represents what is intended to be conveyed: as for instance, The King is surmounted by a crown, the Queen with a Queenly coronet, and so in like manner with the other pieces.

The rest is history. The Staunton pattern chessmen quickly became the World standard for serious and casual play. The relatively low production cost brought chess to the masses and did much to popularize the game. Its clean, simple design has never been equaled - the original design looks as modern today as it did upon its introduction over 145 years ago.

Here's your chance to own a set of tournament-sized Staunton chessmen exactly as they looked when they first appeared in stores on September 29, 1849! Note the masterful workmanship on the original Knights Derived from the noble steeds whose visages are captured in the Parthenon frieze (expropriated in 1806 by Thomas Bruce, 7th Lord of Elgin and since referred to as the Elgin Marbles), the distinctive, finely detailed Knight head was the hallmark of the Staunton design. The Chess pieces are hand carved by our master artisans and crafted out of the highest grade woods. The Chess pieces are heavily weighted with luxurious billiard cloth base pads on the other Chess pieces and a beautiful finish. The design of the Cooke Series Chess set embodies the form, board presence and craftsmanship of the original Staunton pattern Chessmen, named after the designer of the original Staunton Chessmen - Nathaniel Cooke. 

As with all of our Chess sets, the Cooke Series exemplifies a perfect combination of distinct beauty and functionality. It has been designed to withstand the rigors of practical play while maintaining an elegance Staunton pattern chess set. The design, quality and craftsmanship of this set is unmatched by any set of Chessmen in its price range. The Chessmen are new and each set consists of 34 Chessmen, including four Queens.

THE CHESSBOARD: Crafted in Spain, Traditional Blackwood / Bird's Eye Maple Gloss Wooden Chessboard features Blackwood (dark) and Bird's Eye Maple (light) squares with a Blackwood frame. This veneered Chessboard is 0.5" thick and has a gloss finish.

NOTE: Chess Box not included.
Specifications
Material Used Wood (hand carved) Genuine Ebony and Natural Boxwood
King Height 3.625'' inch / 9.21 cm
King Base Diameter 1.75'' inch / 4.44 cm
Total Set Weight 56 ounces (1.58 kg)
Total Number of Pieces (Includes 2 Additional Queens) 34
Board Square Size 2.25" Squares have a board dimension of 22.5" x 22.5"
Board Finish Gloss
Board Height 0.5 inches
The White Tower Handpainted Chess Set

The White Tower Handpainted Chess Set

The White Tower Handpainted Chess Set
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The Royal palace and fortress of the Tower of London, founded by William the Conqueror shortly after 1066, is one of the world's most famous and spectacular castles. Known for housing the Crown Jewels, its Yeoman Warders ("Beefeaters") and its ravens, the Tower today is the most visited historic site in Britain.

The White Tower, oldest of all the Tower buildings, was originally built as a royal palace and fortress, but has also served as a prison, a royal chapel, a record office and a large storehouse of arms, armor and gunpowder.

ALL STUDIO ANNE CARLTON CHESSMEN ARE MADE FROM POLYRESIN, WHICH IS A CRUSHED STONE COMPOSITE. IT HAS THE LOOK, FEEL AND WEIGHT OF STONE, BUT THE DURABILITY OF A PLASTIC, MAKING IT THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS.

BOARD NOT INCLUDED