4.4" Leuchars Cooke Antique Ebony Chess Pieces

4.4" Leuchars Cooke Antique Ebony Chess Pieces

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Introducing the exquisite Leuchars Chess Set, a tribute to the renowned retailer William Leuchars, who first introduced Jacques sets in 1849 at his prestigious shop in Piccadilly. Named in his honour, the Leuchars Chess Set showcases knights with a unique and rare design—a plain version of the Cook knight, a distinctive feature seen only in a few sets retailed by Leuchars. These remarkable sets were available in combinations of Ivory, Boxwood, and Ebony.

Meticulously crafted with utmost precision, the Leuchars Chess Set caters to the discerning Chess Collectors Community. Each piece is an exemplar of fine artistry and attention to detail, ensuring perfection in every aspect of construction.

Antiqued to evoke the patina of vintage chessmen, this set carries an enchanting aura that transports its proud owners back to the year 1849. Combining both form and function, these chess pieces possess an elegant aesthetic that does not compromise their practical utility.

The Leuchars Cook Chess pieces adhere to a specific and defined grammar of design. The King is distinguished by his regal crown, while the Queen is adorned with her elegant coronet. The Bishops feature distinctive mitres with deep clefts, and the Knights, often considered the showstoppers, display flared nostrils and high-crowned manes. The Castles exude a robust and solid presence, boasting widely crenulated battlements, while the pawns stand with a simple yet dignified plain ball atop.

These magnificent chess pieces are sure to captivate chess players, collectors, and hobbyists alike. Their unique appearance, substantial weight, and solid feel result from their wide and weighted bases. Moreover, the felt-lined bottoms of their bases create an illusion of graceful suspension, as if they are gracefully floating on the chessboard. Embodying both artistry and functionality, the Leuchars Chess Set stands as a timeless treasure for chess enthusiasts and connoisseurs alike.

The Leuchars Chess Set boasts an additional captivating feature that distinguishes it even further. Adding to its allure, each set includes kingside stamping on one knight and one rook from each side. This exclusive embellishment adds a touch of uniqueness to these already exceptional pieces, making them highly sought after by collectors and chess enthusiasts.

Journey back in time and embrace the elegance of a bygone era with the Leuchars Cooke Antique Ebony Chess Pieces. This collection pays homage to the classic aesthetic of antiquity, capturing the essence of history and strategic brilliance.

Historical Reverence: Crafted from luxurious ebony wood and endowed with an antique finish, these chess pieces pay homage to the elegance of yesteryears. The aged appearance adds a layer of authenticity, inviting players to partake in the charm of a past era.

Aged Aesthetics: Drawing inspiration from antique designs, these pieces embody the allure of a classic era. The intricate details and time-worn look transport players to a realm where tradition and strategy intertwine, making each move a nod to the legacy of the past.

Craftsmanship of Heritage: Skilled artisans have meticulously carved each piece, ensuring that the set captures the essence of antique design while maintaining a standard of excellence. The meticulous detailing and expert finishing make these pieces an ode to the craftsmanship of old.

Strategic Resonance: Beyond their historical significance, these chess pieces are designed for strategic excellence. The weighted pieces offer a satisfying tactile experience, encouraging players to embrace the mental depth of every move.

A Treasured Heirloom: These chess pieces transcend utility; they carry the promise of becoming cherished heirlooms. The blend of classic aesthetics and masterful craftsmanship ensures a set that will be handed down through generations, preserving the charm of the game's legacy.

Gift of Nostalgia: Seeking a gift that bridges the gap between history and passion? Look no further. The Leuchars Cooke Antique Ebony Chess Pieces make for a thoughtful gift for chess enthusiasts, collectors, and anyone captivated by the stories woven into the game.

Step into a world of nostalgic elegance with the Leuchars Cooke Antique Ebony Chess Pieces. Relive the grandeur of the past while engaging in a game that stands the test of time. Elevate your chess matches with a touch of history and artistry that only these pieces can provide.


Chessmen Dimensions
Height Base
King 4.4"(115mm) 2.0" (51mm)
Queen 3.4" (86mm) 1.9" (47mm)
Bishop 3.1" (79mm) 1.7" (43mm)
Knight 2.8" (70mm) 1.7" (43mm)
Rook 2.5" (63mm) 1.7" (43mm)
Pawn 2.2" (56mm) 1.5" (39mm)
Wood Combination Ebony Wood / Antiqued Boxwood
Dark Chess Pieces Ebony Wood
Light Chess Pieces Antiqued Boxwood
Recommended Square Size 2.36" to 2.56" (60 mm to 65 mm)
Total Weight Of Chess Pieces 4.6 lbs (2070 grams)
34 Chess pieces

In the realm of hand-carved products, it's essential to acknowledge that the artistry involved in crafting chess pieces and related items by hand can lead to unique variations. The use of wood, being a natural material, inherently results in differences in color, shade, and tone.

Furthermore, please keep in mind that the hand-carving process may introduce subtle differences between individual pieces within a set, adding to their individual character.

Additionally, for transparency, we want to clarify that the use of veneer is exclusive to our chess boards and boxes. All other items, including chess pieces and related accessories, are crafted from solid wood unless explicitly stated otherwise in our listings. This distinction is made to ensure compliance with CITES regulations governing lumber species while maintaining the exceptional quality and craftsmanship of our hand-carved products.

Hand-Carved Products Disclaimer:

  • Variations in Wood: Due to the natural and inconsistent nature of wood, expect variations in color, wood tones, shade, and tone.
  • Artistic Hand-Carving: Hand-carved products may exhibit subtle differences between individual pieces, enhancing their unique character and wood variance.
  • Approximate Weights and Sizes: Provided weights and sizes are approximate guides, considering the handmade nature of our products.
  • Chess Boards and Boxes: Unless explicitly labeled as "solid wood," chess boards and boxes are made with veneer to comply with CITES regulations. Other items are crafted from solid wood for quality and compliance.


We offer a 3 year standard guarantee that covers any natural defects such as, splitting, cracking, warping of the woods used in our entire range

We are proud of the quality of our products. We also want you to have the best value for your investment in our luxury products. This is why we offer all of them an exceptional 3 year warranty and Lifetime Warranty ( limited editions)  from the date of purchase.  

The warranty covers the following:

  • Hairline cracks
  • Moving of the weights inside the pieces
  • Warping of the chess boards
  • Adhesive problems
  • Any damage caused to the product during shipping if it is reported immediately upon receipt

The warranty does not cover:

  • Products being broken by accident or by purpose, including but not limited to dropping them
  • Products getting scratches or other wear caused by excessive using or misuse
  • Discoloration caused by exposure to sunlight
  • Products that have been modified after purchase
  • Losing a product
  • Products getting harmed because of wrong methods of cleaning, polishing etc. 
  • Warping or any other harm to the products caused by exceptional or extreme storage conditions (temperatures or exceptionally humid / dry conditions)

In order for the warranty to apply, the products must have be stored properly. The chess pieces and chess boards have to be kept away from the sunlight (including sunlight through a window), in normal and stable room temperature and humidity. 

A simple Guide to help you choose the right Chessboard size for your Chess Piece Set


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