A masterfully crafted and accurate reproduction of the Carton-Pierre Casket which is produced here in the USA using the same materials as the original. The Carton-Pierre casket dates all the way back to the mid-19th Century. The Carton Pierre-caskets housed the Jaques Staunton Chessmen. and were available as an option from 1849 until October of 1889, The Carton-Pierre casket was designed in 1849 for Leuchars by Joseph L. Williams using the carton-pierre material designed and manufactured by George Jackson & Sons. These Neo-Gothic Sarcophagi were produced solely to house the revolutionary new Staunton Chessmen, registered by Nathaniel Cooke and introduced by Jaques of London in September of 1849. Please note that these are REPRODUCTION caskets. The Carton-Pierre caskets are hand-made in the U.S.A. and is a very labor-intensive undertaking..
Available in Two Sizes:
STANDARD CARTON-PIERRE CASKET Exterior Dimensions: 8" Wide (Base) x 5.5" x 4.5" Tall Interior Dimensions: 6.5” Wide, 4.5” Front to Rear and 3.5” Deep * Accommodates Library, Tournament, or small club-size Size (4" King) 32 Piece Staunton chess sets
LARGE CARTON-PIERRE CASKET Exterior Dimensions: 8.75" Wide (Base) x 6.5" x 5.25" Tall Interior Dimensions: 6.5” Wide, 4.5” Front to Rear and 4.5” Deep * Accommodates Jaques Full Club Size 32 Piece Chess Sets
*Please note that these caskets are manufactured as an exact reproduction of the original. They were never designed to accommodate any of the larger full club size chess sets with four Queens. They were designed to accommodate the Jaques original or House of Staunton reproduction Chess pieces, which typically have smaller Knights and Pawns. Unfortunately, the larger 4.4” Full Club size sets with the more ornate and larger pieces and four queens will not fit inside of the large casket.
Proudly made in the USA!
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History of the Chess Pieces
The House of Staunton is now offering an extremely accurate reproduction of the
Carton-Pierre caskets that were designed for Leuchars by Joseph L. Williams using
the carton pierre material designed and manufactured by George Jackson & Sons.
Leuchars was established at 47 Piccadilly,
London in 1794 by James Leuchars. In 1820,
the business moved to 38 Piccadilly, shortly
before James Leuchars died in 1822. Lucy
Leuchars, James’ widow, continued the
business under the name of L. Leuchars.
These Neo-Gothic Sarcophagi were originally
produced solely to house the revolutionary
new Staunton Chessmen, registered by
Nathaniel Cooke and introduced by Jaques of
London in September of 1849. An image of an original casket is shown here. The
original caskets were made in three basic sizes, all using the same four sides and
lid, but with a false bottom to accommodate the four sizes of chessmen produced
by Jaques at that time.
Each of our reproduction caskets duplicates the material and process used in the
originals and also bears a facsimile of the
original label with a unique “Entered No.” to
further personalize this future heirloom. An
image of an original label is shown here. Panels,
sides and lids were molded from an original
casket to ensure absolute accuracy. Caskets can
be ordered to accommodate the Library-size, Tournament,
Small Club and Full-Club size Jaques original and Reproduction 32 piece chess sets. A facsimile of a matching carton-pierre
chessboard will be offered by mid-2022.
Returns & Exchanges
Due to the limited availability of this item, we will not be able to honor any order cancellation, return or exchange requests.
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