The House of Staunton is proud to offer the finest set of bone chess pieces that we've ever produced - the Selenus Bone Luxury Chess pieces. It features a 4.0'' King with a 1.3'' diameter base. The Chess pieces are hand carved by our master artisans and crafted out of the highest camel bone. The Chess pieces are naturally weighted with luxurious billiard cloth base pads and a beautiful finish.
The Selenus set you have is called the “Tulip Style”. This style was made in Germany from the 18th and 19th Centuries. They varied greatly in size and were almost always crafted from bone.
In 1616 Augustus, the Duke of Brunswick-Luneburg, published the first German chess book under the pseudonym Gustavas Selenus. Gustavas is an anagram of Augustus with one "u" replaced by a "v." The name Selenus comes from Selene, Greek goddess of the moon, a reference to Luneburg (Luna is Latin for the moon). In addition to chess instruction, his book contained excellent illustrations of contemporary chess pieces. German chess pieces at the time tended to be slender with nested floral crowns. The book was so successful that pieces of this pattern became known as the "Selenus” pieces. The pieces became taller, thinner, and more elaborate over time. Their apparent floral nature lead some to name them Garden or Tulip sets. Selenus pattern sets were commonly made in Germany and Central Europe until about 1914 when they were completely eclipsed by the more playable and stable Staunton Pattern, which was introduced in 1849.
THESE ARE ACTUAL HAND CARVED BONE CHESSMEN
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Chess Board Included?
The Chess Board featured is for photographic purposes only and must be purchased separately
Fitted Coffer Compatible?
Fits in Fitted Coffer
4.0'' inch / 10.16 cm
King Base Diameter
1.3'' inch / 3.30 cm
Recommended Chess Board Size
2.25" inch / 5.7 cm
Median Set Weight
Natural Bone - No Additional Weighting
Total Number of Pieces
32 Chess Pieces
Included with Purchase
Certificate of Authenticity
Engraved Registered Plaque
Individual Production Number
The House of Staunton warranties this item to be free from manufacturing defect for a period of one year from the date of purchase.
Please click here to download a copy of our warranty and guide to caring for your House of Staunton Chess Pieces.
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People have been playing chess for more than 1500 years. Invented in India in the 6th century CE, its earliest known form was called chaturanga.
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