Our 1855 Heirloom Staunton is modeled after the sets produced by Jaques of London during this time. This club size set has a 4.4" tall king with pieces that are exceptionally robust and heavy. The knight is extraordinary with fine detail carved into the eyes, ears, nose, and mouth. The replication of the carvers work from knight to knight is remarkable. The pieces have a soft and silky lacquered finish to give them look and feel of an old, antique chess set (in new condition). The boxwood is stained to a dark amber color to replicate the patina of boxwood a hundred years old.
The king, queen, and bishops have wide columns with a graceful curve from the base to the collar that creates an elegant profile. The king has a traditional formee cross that is quite small and reserved for only the finest chess sets. The queen's crown is thick to prevent breaking and has 10 sharp points that are perfectly spaced. The bishop miter is large and has a wide slot with rounded corners. The rooks are broad and extra tall with a shallow parapet that has unusually thick walls. The pawns are tall and heavy with a wide collar.
Both collectors and chess set connoisseurs will find this heirloom quality set a favorite in their collection and will enhance the experience of the game, win or loose. The 2009 Collector's Staunton is truly a masterpiece in wood and belongs in all great chess set collections!
You may want to consider adding our Deluxe Chess Coffer. This two-tray coffer is extra large and designed specifically for our club size chess sets like the Saint John. Inside you will find individual compartments to hold each piece and the entire coffer is lined with a beautiful thick green baize to protect the pieces when they are being stored. When you open the lid you will find a beautifully polished gold, laser engraved plaque with our Staunton by Design logo.