The House of Staunton is proud to offer the B & Co. Series Luxury Chess Pieces. A full club-sized Chess set, it features a 4.4" King with a 1.875" diameter base. The Chess pieces are hand carved by our master artisans andcrafted out of the highest grade woods. The Chess pieces are heavily weighted with a beautiful finish. The Kings feature English Leather embossed with House of Staunton logo. All other pieces feature luxurious green baize.
As with all of our Chess sets, the B & Co. 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 in 1993.
The Chess Set comes with a Individually Numbered 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.
The origins of B&Co. are shrouded in mystery. To this date, no one has been able to uncover any information on this company. What can be determined, based on the style of the chessmen, type style and the storage boxes produced to house them is that B&Co. started producing Staunton chessmen in the mid to late 1850s. Initially, their sets bore some rudiments of earlier pre-Staunton designs such as alternate-colored bone staffs atop the Kingside Rooks. Around the 1870s, their design matured into the set you now see before you. B&C0 stampings are found on their hardware, such as their hinges. The House of Staunton has reproduced this unique set of chessmen for your playing enjoyment. The chessmen are Boxwood and luxurious East Indian Ebony (Diospyros ebenum). Ebony is among the most expensive of all available lumbers: usually about two to three times more expensive than most species of Rosewood. The small size of the tree, and its high demand for ornamental work contribute to its price. Our chessmen and are an exact reproduction of the famous B&Co chessmen from the 1870s. The Club-size King stands a full 4-1/4” tall with a broad 2-0” diameter base.