The set featured below is a Regency styled chess set of pieces dating as far back as the eighteenth century with an association to the French Regency period . This chess set style was also adopted in many other countries, and active in some third world manufactures . These stunning sets are normally crafted from boxwood and ebony wood however without felted bases and normally not weighted - and almost all with two pieces knights which was the standard in those days.
These stylish regency chess pieces were modified circa 20th century with the addition of glass eyes to the knight pieces! The king height for these sets at approx 82mm. Mexico and China produced this style using marble and malachite and some sets appeared onto the market in soap stone. The regency style chess sets we very popular for that period. They are an attractive set of pieces with cylindrical rooks and finely carved counterpoints. There seems to be a resurgence of this design, and many chess retailers are adding them to their inventory given the modest demand.
Of course the Official Stanton range wouldn't be complete without this regency chess set, therefore we have already put to production a few variations of this superb design and will soon list them for your perusal.
Aesthetics and Craftsmanship: At first glance, the Regency Chess Set emanates an air of refined elegance. Each meticulously crafted piece is a testament to the artisans' commitment to perfection. Carved from the finest boxwood and ebony, the set exudes a sense of luxury and opulence. The intricate detailing and masterful design showcase the artisan's skill and dedication, ensuring that every piece is a work of art in its own right.
The pieces feature a traditional Staunton design, a timeless style that has become the standard for tournament play. The distinguished king, with its regal crown and noble posture, stands at 4.4 inches tall, commanding the board with an aura of authority. The other pieces, in varying heights, gracefully complement the king, embodying the elegance and functionality of the Staunton style.
Historical Significance: The Regency Chess Set draws inspiration from the golden age of chess, the Regency period in the early 19th century. This era witnessed a surge in the game's popularity, with illustrious players such as Howard Staunton, the namesake of the Staunton design, making significant contributions to the development and standardization of chess sets.
The Regency Chess Set pays homage to this historical epoch, capturing the essence of the period's artistry and sophistication. Its classical aesthetics evoke the ambiance of Regency England, transporting players to a bygone era where chess was a symbol of intellectual prowess and refinement.
Enduring Appeal: While the Regency Chess Set pays tribute to history, its appeal extends far beyond nostalgia. Its timeless design and meticulous craftsmanship ensure that it remains relevant and captivating for generations to come. Whether displayed as an art piece or used for intense battles of wits, this chess set is a conversation starter and a cherished possession.