The House of Staunton is proud to offer another masterpiece - The Paulsen Series Luxury Chessmen. An exact reproduction of the Jaques of London Chessmen Circa 1853 Paulsen Staunton Pattern Chessmen, they feature a 4.4" King with a 1.85" Diameter base and are very heavily weighted. These Chessmen are an exact match to 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 Paulsen Series Chess set embodies the form, board presence and craftsmanship of one of the most celebrated 20th century designs from Jaques of London. The House of Staunton has recaptured the essence of these magnificent Chessmen and made them available on a very limited basis.
As with all of our Chess sets, the Paulsen 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 adhesivebacking that would allow it to be affixed to the underside of a Chess box.
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.
Actual Circa 1935 Jaques of London Broadbent Pattern Staunton Chess sets with a 3.0" King historically sell for upwards of $1,500 USD at auction. To put this number in context, please consider the fact that Chess pieces of this age always have some blemishes, such as dirt, cracks, chips, dings, patina discoloration and possibly replacement pieces. Here's your opportunity to purchase an exact reproduction of these legendary Chessmen, in Pristine Condition, for a fraction of the price!
History of the Chess Pieces
Offered here is a reproduction of the original Club Size Jaques Paulsen Chessmen produced around 1853. The design was directed by Frank Camaratta based on an original set of Jaques Paulsen Club Size chessmen. The chess pieces are Boxwood and Ebony, heavily weighted, and rest atop green baize base pads. The King stands an impressive 4-3/8" tall with a 2" diameter base. The Kingside Rooks and Knights are stamped with a red crown on their summits. The Bishops feature the wide open miter, so typical of the very early Jaques design. The Knights are very finely carved with a very attractive serpentine silhouette. Included with the Reproduction Paulsen Chessmen are facsimilies of the the original green registration lozwnges and an early Jaques maker’s label. The Paulsen chessmen are among the most attractive of all the Jaques’ designs. These chessmen are part of the Camaratta Siganture Series. These chess pieces play and display best on a chessboard with 2-1/2" squares.
Louis Paulsen was born on January 15, 1833 in Gut Nassengrund near Blomberg, in the Principality of Lippe. Paulsen was a German chess player and a contemporary of American prodigy Paul Morphy. In the 1860s and 1870s, he was among the top five players in the world. Louis Paulsen arrived from Germany in 1854 along with his older brother Wilfried and worked as a tobacco broker. He was a relatively unknown player at the time of the 1957 First American Chess Congress, but finished in second place behinbd the American prodigy Paul Morphy. Paulsen later became one of the strongest player’s in the world and a leading theorist.
Louis Paulsen was one of the first players to challenge the notion that a successful attack could be constructed out of brilliance alone. He put forward the idea that any premature attack would fail against correct defense. Louis Paulsen passed away on August 18, 1981.
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- With Layaway, purchasing from us has never been easier or more affordable. It allows you to purchase selected House of Staunton products by making payments over time.
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Included with Purchase
- Certificate of Authenticity
- Engraved Registered Plaque
- Individual Production Number
|Chess Board Included?||The Chess Board featured is for photographic purposes only and must be purchased separately|
|Material(s)||Antiqued Boxwood, Genuine Ebony, Natural Boxwood|
|Manufacturer||The House of Staunton|
|Fitted Coffer Compatible?||Fits in Fitted Coffer|
|King Height||4.4'' inch / 11.18 cm|
|King Base Diameter||1.85'' inch / 4.70 cm|
|Recommended Chess Board Size||2.5" inch / 6.4 cm|
|Basepad Material||Billiard Cloth|
|Median Set Weight||75.1 Ounces|
|Total Number of Pieces||34 Chess Pieces, including 2 Additional Queens (for Pawn Promotion)|