Page from British Chess Company Catalog Circa 1894
"The Royal Chessmen are excellent. I strongly recommend them to Chess Clubs and to all Chess Players." British Chess Champion J. H. Blackburne commenting on the British Chess Company Chessmen - November 19, 1891
While there is little known about the British Chess Company itself, also known as B.C. Co., the effect that they have had on the world of Staunton Chessmen is immeasurable. Many Contemporary Staunton Pattern Chess sets, including those of the House of Staunton, were heavily influenced by the designs of the British Chess Company.
The British Chess Company was founded in the late 19th century in The Rock Mills, Stroud, Gloucester, England. At the time of its inception, it's primary competitor was the legendary firm Jaques of London. Unlike Jaques, BCC focused exclusively on Chess-related products. While many of their products were typical for the period, including Wooden Chess sets and Folding Chess boards, they also produced some very unusual items. This includes Xylonite Chess sets, Leatherette Chess boards and even Chess trophies. Never able to match the success of its well-established competitor, the British Chess Company ceased shortly before World War II.
Although their involvement is largely uncredited, Mr. Camaratta's research has revealed that The British Chess Company was also a pioneer in Telegraphic Chess Matches (those played between countries via telegraph wire).