The theme for this beautiful brass and nickel plated chess set from Manopoulos is based on the Roman Empire. The king is represented by Caesar, the queen his wife, and the members of the Roman army are the bishop, knight, and pawn. A Roman column so prevalent in their architecture serves as the rook. Chess pieces are hand-cast in solid zinc and then brass and nickel plated. Chess pieces are then lacquered to keep the lustrous finish from ever tarnishing.