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Chess Set - 1849 Staunton Red & Ivory Colour Gloss Finish Chess Pieces
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1849 Staunton Red & Ivory Colour Gloss Finish Chess Pieces

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1849 Chess Set. We are delighted with this latest addition to our winter 2018 catalogue. This set is the best 1849 reproduction in the World, nothi...

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Chess Set - 1925 RC Edition 3.75" Boxwood Chess Set & Burl Box
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1925 RC Edition 3.75" Boxwood Chess Set & Burl Box

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1925 STYLE CHESS SET & BOX The perfect club players chess set, easily recognizable as a Staunton set and looks superb on any chessboard with a ...

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3 Inch Classic Ebonised Chess Pieces - Official Staunton™ Chess Company
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3 Inch Classic Ebonised Chess Pieces

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CLASSIC MID SIZED CHESS PIECES The classic chess piece set is one of our best sellers, this is the preferred style of the club and tournament playe...

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3 Inch Classic Sheesham & Boxwood Chess Pieces - Official Staunton™ Chess Company
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3 Inch Classic Sheesham & Boxwood Chess Pieces

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TRADITIONAL MID SIZED CHESS PIECES The classic chess piece set is one of our best sellers, this is the preferred style of the club and tournament p...

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Chess Set - 3.5 Inch DropJaw Antique Ebony Chess Set
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3.5 Inch DropJaw Antique Ebony Chess Set

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A faithful reproduction of an early dropjaw series chess men. In antique Boxwood  and Black stained ( ebonised) hand polished finish. A sublime set...

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3.5 Inch Hornbeam Mahogany Chess Pieces
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3.5 Inch Hornbeam Mahogany Chess Pieces

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A fine set of chess pieces crafted from hornbeam. Classic Staunton design core weighted and felted pieces. The king being the tallest piece stands ...

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3.5 Inch Hornbeam Mahogany Stained Chess Pieces & Box
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3.5 Inch Hornbeam Mahogany Stained Chess Pieces & Box

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This entry-level starter set is perfect for the budding grandmaster in your family; classically styled in Staunton design featuring a set of solid ...

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3.5 Inch Morphy Acacia Chess Pieces & Box

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A traditionally styled set of chess pieces handcrafted using fine hardwoods of boxwood and Acacia wood. The knights in this set are particularly we...

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Chess Set - Broad Based Golden Rosewood Chess Pieces
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3.75 Inch Broad based Golden Rosewood Chess Pieces

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The Broad-based set is one of our best sellers and it is easy to see why. This tournament set of pieces. Hand carved and turned by masters of their...

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Chess Set - Havana Second Edition Lacquered Antique & Ebony Chess Pieces
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3.78 Inch Havana (2) Lacquered Antique & Ebony Chess Pieces

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A fine Lacquered Antique and Ebony set of Chessmen. Beautifully hand carved turned and polished set of chess pieces. The set features kingside stam...

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Chess Set - Antiqued English Staunton Chess Pieces 3.5" King
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Antiqued English Staunton Chess Pieces 3.5" King

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ENGLISH ANTIQUE CHESS PIECES The Antiqued English design chess pieces are an exceptional mid priced-level set.  The term "Antiqued" is that which d...

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Artisan Winchester Acacia & Boxwood Chessmen - Official Staunton™ Chess Company
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Artisan Winchester 4 Inch Acacia & Boxwood Chessmen

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QUALITY HAND CARVED CHESS CHESS Typically Staunton in design, this set is suitable even for grand master tournament chess matches! Beautiful natura...

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Artisan Winchester Boxwood & Ebonised Chess Pieces - Official Staunton™ Chess Company
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Artisan Winchester Boxwood & Ebonised Chess Pieces

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HAND CARVED CHESS PIECES Typically staunton in design, this set is suitable even for grandmaster tournament chess matches! Beautiful stained black ...

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Chess Set - Artistic Parker Chess Pieces
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Artistic Parker Chess Pieces

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A beautiful Staunton design with a twist! The stunning patterns and high lacquered coatings really do make this a great set to play and display, a ...

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Chess Set - Ashia Roaring Knight Ebony Chess Set
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Ashia Roaring Knight Ebony Chess Set

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The remarkable roaring knight chessmen feature a rearing knight with flowing mane, and perked ears. A superbly distinctive look is captured with th...

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Atlantic Series Black & Cream Chess Pieces - Official Staunton™ Chess Company
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Atlantic Series Black & Cream Chess Pieces

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DECORATIVE GLOSS CHESS PIECES The Atlantic Classic chess pieces featuring a large 3.75 Inch king. A classic Staunton design finished in stunning gl...

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Atlantic Series Black & Natural Chess Pieces - Official Staunton™ Chess Company
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Atlantic Series Black & Natural Chess Pieces

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GLOSS AND NATURAL CHESS PIECES The Atlantic Classic chess pieces featuring a large 3.75 Inch king. A classic Staunton design finished in stunning g...

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Atlantic Series Red & Cream Chess Pieces - Official Staunton™ Chess Company
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Atlantic Series Red & Cream Chess Pieces

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COLOURFUL GLOSS CHESS PIECES The Atlantic Classic chess pieces featuring a large 3.75 Inch king. A classic Staunton design finished in stunning glo...

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Bridled Knight Sheesham Chessmen - Official Staunton™ Chess Company
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Bridled Knight Acacia Chessmen

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HAND CARVED KNIGHTS Kings Knight Bridle Chessmen. The hand carved knights with their bridle and reigns are intricately detailed and with the replic...

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Bridled Knight Black Chessmen - Official Staunton™ Chess Company
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Bridled Knight Black Chessmen

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EXCEPTIONAL HAND CARVED KNIGHTS The hand carved knights with their bridle and reigns are intricately detailed and with the replication only the ver...

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British Boxwood & Ebonised Chess Pieces - Official Staunton™ Chess Company
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British Boxwood & Ebonised Chess Pieces

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TRADITIONAL CHESS PIECES Each Quality Wood Chess Set has hand-turned and carved pieces in true Staunton style. These wood chess pieces meet all tou...

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British Sheesham & Boxwood Chess Pieces - Official Staunton™ Chess Company
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British Sheesham & Boxwood Chess Pieces

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TOURNAMENT STANDARD CHESS PIECES British Staunton set is Simple yet clear with 95 mm (3.75 inch) king, felted and weighted. Light pieces are made f...

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Classic Golden Rosewood Chess pieces 3.75 " King - Official Staunton™ Chess Company
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Classic Golden Rosewood Chess pieces 3.75 " King

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TRADITIONAL CHESS PIECES These Shesham and Natural Boxwood hand carved Staunton chessmen are the perfect choice with their classic style. Featuring...

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Club Classic Chessmen & Slide Lid Box - Official Staunton™ Chess Company
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Club Classic Chessmen & Slide Lid Box

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CLUB PLAYERS CHOICE CHESS PIECES The classic chess piece set is one of our best sellers, this is the preferred style of the club and tournament pla...

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STAUNTON CHESS PIECES

The internet is littered with chess pieces of various materials, shapes, and sizes. The Staunton pattern chess design is the most popular and is what we primarily focus our sales efforts on. Our chess pieces are hand carved and turned by some of the most talented artisans in the World. We started out in 1993 and we have teamed up with the very best carvers in the World today.

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Amritsar India, the city of the golden temple is home to this fabulous cottage industry, that sells its wares such as chess pieces and boxes and some extend to jewelry boxes and backgammon sets. Whatever your preference may be, we are absolutely certain we have the chess pieces for you, take a look around our website and fall in love with our beautiful catalog of the finest chess pieces in the World Tips For Purchasing Chess Pieces Most people realize that when it comes to buying chess pieces there are no rules set in stone. While size is a factor that should be calculated correctly and can play a large role in the aesthetic appearance of the entire chess set, other factors such as color and style are left to the discretion of the buyer’s tastes and imagination. That’s the beauty of putting together your own themed chess sets! Whether you are after elegant wooden chess sets for a more traditional look, or metal chess set to match a more contemporary décor, you will certainly find the ideal chess pieces to match virtually any type of chess board by letting your imagination run free.

 

The Color Of Your Chess Pieces

Most chess pieces on sale come in a wide range of colors and designs. However, there are differences to take into consideration in regards to the materials that the pieces are made of. For example, wood pieces work best with antique chess sets that have a matte finish, although some people also like to use them on glossy chess boards. Most wooden chess sets for sale also apply the use of contrast, making use of light rosewood chess pieces with dark chess boards, while an ivory chess set often uses black and white pieces on a lightly colored board. However, even with this consideration in mind, there is a lot of flexibility when choosing chess boards for sale to go with your favorite chess pieces. Metal chess pieces are often made of brass, which can complement any wooden chess board or more vibrant colors such as red and blue. A metal chess set usually has a glossy finish to it overall even if the accompanying board is made of wood.

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Even though there are great varieties of chess pieces on the market nowadays, only one chess set design is used in official tournaments and that is the famous Staunton design. Named after the famous chess player Howard Staunton, this design is today's most used chess design all over the world. However, things have not been this way from the beginning of modern chess competitions.

In the 19th century, there were more than one chess designs used by professional chess players. This included St. Georges Chess Set, French Regence Chess Set and Barleycorn Chess Set. Knowing all the different styles and individuating the pieces with high speed and precision was a rather difficult task. This resulted in confusions for many chess players, unaccustomed with other chess pieces than the ones they used in daily chess games. Furthermore, because of the similitude between pieces displayed by all these styles, spotting the pieces was an even more challenging fact for someone who has not played with that type of chess pieces on a regular basis.

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This prompted the need of an elegant, yet simple style, that will not only enchant the eye but will also make the recognition of each piece a less cumbersome action. This is how the first copy was designed and released on the market. The origins of the design are somehow obscured, as for a long time it was thought that the one who has come up with the Staunton design was Nathaniel Cook. The story says that the sources of inspiration for Cooks work of art dated back to antique Greek and Rome. These were blended with the Victorian reality when the royal court and the church played great roles in society. The result: a game of neoclassical chess set with infusions for British civilization.

However, modern voices acclaim John Jacques as the main artisan of the Staunton design. It is claimed that Jacque has taken some of the most popular wooden chess pieces and synthesized them into an elegant, simple, easy to make and low priced chess set. There is also a version claiming that the Staunton chess set is the result of the collaboration between the two.

The design of the Staunton chess pieces promotes the king as the highest piece on the table (due to its importance, probably) with heights varying from 3.5” to 4.5”. The King is carved with a crown and a cross sign on the top of it, the Queen is smaller, wearing a coronet and a small ball on the top, while the Knight has the shape of a horse head. The Rook looks like a tower with crenelated battlements, the Bishops are determined by a miter, while the Pawns have only a ball on the top. Each one of the pieces has its base covered in felt (or even leather in most recent, luxury sets).

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Staunton design is nowadays recognized for its beauty and functionality all over the world and it is the only chess set design approved in official chess tournaments. Thus, if you are still wondering what type of chess set should you purchase for your first chess experience, then order your Staunton pieces now. Most of all the other designs available are for exhibition purposes and experimented chess players. 

 

 

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