Catalog Product Code: MENWJAQ50070
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Utilizing the original 1850 design by John Jaques, this lavish, luxurious heavy 4.0" Staunton Chess Set is simply stunning to look at and to play with! Presented in its own magnificent mahogany casket with a separate tray holding the full set of each color chessmen, crafted from the best boxwood and jet black ebony. Superbly weighted, these lovingly handcrafted pieces,make up perhaps the most luxurious model in the Jaques Of London Chess range! A fantastic gift for those who like the finer things in life! Play with this exquisite set on the top of the range solid one piece wooden 23" Inlaid Sycamore Chess Board and you will be playing on cloud nine!!<br><br>Jaques' Hand crafted SetsJaques of London has been instrumental in the development and success of modern chess. Chess pieces before the mid 19th century were of two kinds - excessively elaborate and costly hand-carved reproductions of the Kings court, or rudely turned and daubed pieces in which rank was dictated by height alone. In the 1840s, this all changed. Nathaniel Cooke, proprietor of the Illustrated London News, brought John Jaques a new and elegant design for chessmen. Between the two of them, this initial design was polished to produce a set using symbols (for the king, a crown, for the bishop, a mitre) which could be easily recognized and reproduced. This radical design received rave reviews in the press, particularly for the exquisite design of the Knight, based on sculptures from the famous Elgin Marbles. Mr Howard Staunton, the first British chess World Champion, was so taken with the design that he agreed to have his name and signature adorn every box of pieces. The Staunton chess set, as it became known, is now the de facto standard for play at all levels. Few companies can say they influenced the development of a game the way Jaques of London has shaped the world's favorite board game, chess. As world renowned purveyor of some of the finest handmade chess sets available, Jaques is proud to present this beautiful limited edition set for your playing pleasure. Handmade from boxwood and jet black Ebony, with the original Staunton chessmen design, the pieces are presented in a stunning mahogany casket with a separate tray with cushions handmade from English leather, holding the full set of each color chessmen, crafted from the best boxwood and jet black ebony, with a lock and key. This fantastic set really is the perfect choice for serious players and those with an eye for the finer things in life.The gracious, heirloom-quality set features the attention to detail that Jaques Of London craftsmen are known for throughout the world and the casket is signed by the company directors, direct descendents of the creator of the Staunton Design Chessmen, John Jaques II.
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