Incredible Savings on One-of-a-Kind Items - Updated Daily!

 

X

The Philidor Series Luxury Chess Set - 4.0" King

Product Code: MENWPHL40

img

The House of Staunton is proud to introduce the masterful Philidor Series Chess Set. Part of our Timeless Collection, the Philidor Series Chess set is exact reproduction of one of the least known Chess sets every produced, the Philidor Chessmen Circa 1850 Pattern Chessmen. These Chessmen feature a 4.0" King with a 1.3" Diameter base and are weighted. These Chessmen are an exact match to the original detail, down to the smallest details! 

The History of the Philidor Chessmen - By Frank A. Camaratta, Jr.

In 1850, an advertisement appeared in the June issue of The Chess Player’s Chronicle, Edited by Howard Staunton, Esq., announcing the availability of a new registered design for the practical play of the game of Chess. They were called The Philidor Chessmen in honor of the great 18th Century chess player Andre Duncan Philidor. The chessmen were manufactured and distributed by George Merrifield, a noted turner and carver of the time, operating at 13, Great Turnstile, Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London. The Chessmen were fully illustrated, with pricing, in the December 1850 issue of The Chess Player’s Chronicle with the following promotional text.“The Philidor Chess-Men, designed by some of the LEADING METROPOLITAN PLAYERS with a view to FITNESS FOR ACTUAL PLAY AND NON-LIABILITY TO BREAKAGE. – The Handsome folding BOARDS, to accompany them, have squares of the colors most suitable to the eye, and are embellished in an entirely novel manner. Both Men and Boards are registered.”

The chessmen were available in two sizes, the “Club” Size and the “Second” size in ivory as well as Boxwood and Ebony, weighted. They were priced at £10-s10 and £5-s5 for the ivory, and £3-s3 and £2-s0 for the wood. Prices included a chessboard, which added around £1-s8 to the price of the large set and s14 for the small set.


The advertisement further noted.“N.B. – to the interior of the lid of every box containing these Chess-Men is affixed a label, bearing the signature of the sole authorized Manufacturer, G. Merrifield, 33, East Street, Queen’s Square, London; by whom they are sold Wholesale and Retail, and from whom Advertising Show-Cards may be had.”


This was an obvious attempt to imitate what was probably the first Celebrity advertisement used by Jaques of London to capitalize on the Howard Staunton name and reputation as the World’s leading chess player. Like the Jaques chessmen, each chessmen bore a small circular registration disc and each box bore a signed manufacturer’s label under the lid.


Unfortunately, Staunton was merciless in his criticism of the new chessmen, going so far as to proclaim that using these pieces would weaken your play and that no self-respecting chess player would ever be caught using them. This was particularly interesting since the manufacturer of the Philidor chessmen apparently paid to have his new design advertisements appear in a periodical edited by Staunton himself.


Whatever the case, the new chessmen were advertised for around a year and then disappeared. They never caught on and apparently, were not produced in any significant quantities. For that reason, examples today are nearly impossible to find and only a few Philidor sets are known to exist today.

$695.00

The Philidor Series Luxury Chess Set - 4.0" King   +$0.00

$695.00




Technical Information

Material Used: Hand Carved

King Height: 4.0 (10.16 cm)

King Base Diameter: 1.375" (3.50 cm)

Total Set Weight: 30 ounces
Total Set Weight is for the standard 32 pieces and does not include the 2 Additional Queens

Total Number of Pieces: 34 (Includes 2 Additional Queens)

Recommended Board Size: 2.25" - 2.375"

Laser Engraving


NOW AVAILABLE - PERSONALIZED CHESS BOXES!


Are you looking to make that Chess gift special and something they will cherish forever?

 

The House of Staunton is proud to offer Personalized Engraving that will allow you to customize your chess box with your personal message,creating a truly unique gift that they will be sure to love.

 

Gift engraving is perfect for many memorable occasions, for corporate branding or simply to offer a special gift to your friends and family.

 

 

Personalized Gifts are great for...

  

BIRTHDAYS

ANNIVERSARIES

GRADUATIONS

WEDDINGS

NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS

JUST BECAUSE YOU CARE!

 

Why choose The House of Staunton to personalize your Chess Gift?

 

Unlike the engraving shop at your local mall, the House of Staunton doesn’t not charge you up to $3.00 per character for engraving.

 

Our prices are very affordable, with text engraving starting at just $25.00 Per Line (up to 60 Characters).  We use an industrial-grade Laser Engraver that allows us to achieve an incredible amount of detail in our engravings.

 

Your gift should say what you want it to say and not be limited by how much it costs you to say each of those words! 

 

Note: Only Premium Chess Boxes and Fitted Coffers can be Personalized with engraving directly on the wood.

All other Chess Boxes, including the Fitted Briefcase, will come with a laser-engraved brass plaque when personalized.


Related Products

  • The Exeter Series Artisan Chess Set - 4.4" King
    The House of Staunton is proud to offer another masterpiece - The Exeter Artisan Series Chessmen. These Chessmen feature a 4.4" King with a 2.0" Diameter base and are very heavily weighted.
    img

    The Exeter Series Artisan Chess Set - 4.4" King

    Catalog Code: MENWEXT44
    Our Price: $895.00

  • The Classic Series Chess Set - 3.75" King
    The House of Staunton is proud to offer the Classic Series Chess set. It features a 3.75" King with a 1.6" diameter base. The Chess pieces are hand carved by our master artisans and crafted out of the highest grade woods.
    img

    The Classic Series Chess Set - 3.75" King

    Catalog Code: MENWCLA375
    Our Price: $99.00

  • The Centurion Series Luxury Chess Set - 4.0" King
    The Centurion Series Luxury Chess set features a 4.0" King with a 1.875" diameter base and has been crafted to replicate the design and proportions of the original Staunton pattern Chessmen, and combines them with an exquisite Knight design that is best described as thoroughly modern, yet still traditional
    img

    The Centurion Series Luxury Chess Set - 4.0" King

    Catalog Code: MENWCEN40
    Our Price: $495.00

  • 6" St. Petersburg Paperweight - Genuine Ebony - Queen
    Organize your workspace or create a striking conversation piece with House of Staunton paperweights!   The exquisite design of the St. Petersburg series has been supersized, with the King standing an immense six inches high and heavily weighted.   Please Note: These are sold as individual pieces only!   ***This item is final sale. No returns or exchanges will be allowed.***
    img

    6" St. Petersburg Paperweight - Genuine Ebony - Queen

    Catalog Code: PW-STPETE-QUEEN
    Our Price: $16.95

  • The Fischer Series Luxury Chess Set - 4.4" King
    The Fischer Series Luxury Chess set features a 4.4" King with a 2.0" diameter base and is heavily weighted. The Chess pieces are hand carved by our master artisans and crafted out of the highest grade Boxwood and Genuine Ebony. True to the originals, these Chess pieces are heavily weighted, have luxurious billiard cloth base pads on each of the Chessmen. >
    img

    The Fischer Series Luxury Chess Set - 4.4" King

    Catalog Code: MENWFIS44
    Our Price: $795.00

  • Anderssen Series Timeless Chess Set - 4.4" King
    The House of Staunton is proud to offer another masterpiece - The Anderssen Timeless Series Chessmen. Part of our Timeless Collection, it is exact reproduction of the Jaques of London circa 1850 Anderssen Staunton pattern chessmen. These Chessmen feature a 4.4" King with a 2.0" Diameter base and are very heavily weighted. These Chessmen are an exact match to the original chessmen, down to the smallest details!
    img

    Anderssen Series Timeless Chess Set - 4.4" King

    Catalog Code: MENWAND44
    Our Price: $899.00

  • The Royale Series Chess Set - 4.0" King
    "Looking for Chessmen with a slightly different flair? Look no further than the Royale Series Chessmen from the House of Staunton. Unlike traditional Staunton Chessmen, the unique Kings' fleur de lis and Queens' finials on the Royale Series exude artistic flair to create a very unique and appealing design."
    img

    The Royale Series Chess Set - 4.0" King

    Catalog Code: MENWROY40
    Our Price: $99.00

  • The Supreme Collector Series Luxury Chess Set - 4.4" King
    For the discerning Chess player, one that demands the highest quality and as close to perfection as can be achieved by human hands, The House of Staunton is proud to introduce the Royal Collector Series Luxury Chess set. This club-sized Chess set features a 4.4" King with a 2.0"diameter base and is crafted out of the highest grade Boxwood and Genuine Ebony.
    img

    The Supreme Collector Series Luxury Chess Set - 4.4" King

    Catalog Code: MENWSUP44-EB
    Our Price: $1,995.00

  • The Dublin Series Luxury Chess Set - 4.0" King
    The House of Staunton is proud to introduce the Dublin Timeless Series Chessmen. Part of our Timeless Collection, it is exact reproduction of the Circa 1860 Dublin Pattern Chessmen. These Chessmen feature a 4.0" King with a 1.375" Diameter base and are very heavily weighted. These Chessmen are an exact replica of the original Chessmen, down to the smallest details! The Chess pieces are hand carved by our master artisans and crafted out of the highest grade woods. The Chess pieces are heavily weighted with luxurious billiard cloth base pads on the other Chess pieces and a beautiful finish. The design of the Dublin Pattern captures the artistic form and styling of a quintessential Pre-Staunton Pattern Chess set. The House of Staunton has recaptured the essence of these magnificent Chessmen and made them available on a very limited basis. The most striking aspect of the Dublin Series Chess Set is the beautiful patina on the Boxwood (White) Chessmen. Our artisans have accurately captured the rich, golden color commonly found on well preserved antique Chess sets. As with all of our Chess sets, the Dublin Series exemplifies a perfect combination of distinct beauty and functionality. It has been designed to withstand the rigors of practical play while maintaining an elegance which has become the hallmark of a House of Staunton chess set. The design, quality and craftsmanship of this set is UNMATCHED by any set of Chessmen in its price range. Nothing even comes close! The Chessmen are new and each set consists of 34 Chessmen, including four Queens, a standard that was introduced by The House of Staunton over 10 years ago. The Chess Set comes with a personalized Certificate of Authenticity and an original manufacturer's plaque indicating the production number, with an adhesive backing that would allow it to be affixed to the underside of a Chess box.
    Our Original Manufacturer's Plaque
    Click for Higher Resolution Image. Now Available From The House of Staunton
    Included with the purchase of these Chessmen is our new Original Manufacturer's Plaque. Crafted from brass, these plaques feature the engraved production details of each individual Chess set, creating a beautiful, permanent record that is truly worthy of House of Staunton-brand Chessmen.Our Original Paper Production Labels are also available. Please Contact Us for information. FINANCIAL COMPARISON
    Actual Circa 1860 Dublin Pattern Chess sets are extremely rare, with only a handful of complete sets in existence and securely in the hands of private collectors. Here's your only opportunity to purchase an exact reproduction of these gorgeous Chessmen, in Pristine Condition.
    img

    The Dublin Series Luxury Chess Set - 4.0" King

    Catalog Code: MENWDUB40
    Our Price: $699.00

  • 6" St. Petersburg Paperweight - Natural Boxwood - Queen
    Organize your workspace or create a striking conversation piece with House of Staunton paperweights!   The exquisite design of the St. Petersburg series has been supersized, with the King standing an immense six inches high and heavily weighted.   Please Note: These are sold as individual pieces only!   ***This item is final sale. No returns or exchanges will be allowed.***
    img

    6" St. Petersburg Paperweight - Natural Boxwood - Queen

    Catalog Code: PW-STPETE-QUEEN-BOXWOOD
    Our Price: $16.95

Tell us what you think about this item!

What Our Customers Are Saying About The House Of Staunton

lb