Leather chess boards imported from Italy are genuine leather that when paired with metal or other unique chess men provide a stunning combination to display. In this category we also have some attractive leatherette boards that provide this look and feel for those who prefer the lower cost options.
We have been purchasing this storage box for tournament chess peices as prizes for otu annual tournament. Not only is this an elegant storage system it is suitable for adding engraved plates with the tournament sponsors name. Chess Bazaar provides desirable pieces at an affordable price.
We know that buying a chess set online can be a difficult decision, sometimes impossible. That’s why we have a modern showroom with lots of parking right out the front and over 200 sets on display! You can also give us a call and one of our very helpful and knowledgeable staff will assist you making the right decision.
Yes, that’s a good set. Usually you would substitute the rosewood for the ebony for Black instead of for the White, but if it works for you, it’s cool. They are well-made, well-weighted, and from a respected dealer.
We have recently added two new styles of chess boards to our selection. The first type is a very high quality Black Anegre and Maple board that has been produced with a high gloss. This board is a nice complement to our luxury Ebony black chess pieces. These two types of boards are available in sizes from just under 18 inches square to 23.6 inches square. The second type of board is a design exclusive to The Regency Chess Company. It features Black Anegre squares and a medium brown Palisander border. These boards are also finished in a gloss lacquer and they are also available in four different sizes. Both of these fine Spanish boards feature precisely inlaid veneers that have been made to a very high standard.
D.O. from NJ writes, “The chess set and chess board are incredible. The pictures looked great, but they don’t do this set justice. I can’t believe there is a finer classic Staunton chess set out there.”
Veneer boards are common, with more designs and lower cost, they range in quality and most look great. The majority are made with a high density fiber core overlaid with a thin wood veneer. If you’re the type that wants solid wood construction, these might not be for you.
During the first half of the 19th century, a surge in the global popularity of chess brought about the demand for a uniform model of chess pieces. While the variety and styles of chess pieces that were in use at the time were extensive, they were decorative in nature and considered unsuitable for play. It is important to remember that chess has historically been enjoyed by the wealthy, a fact that is reflected in the artistic designs of chess sets that dominated the marketplace. While aesthetically beautiful, the chess pieces of the period were not very practical. The chess pieces were expensive to produce, cumbersome to use, prone to tipping over and had such ornate details that they were unable to withstand the wear and tear of regular use. However the greatest disadvantage of these chess sets was the lack of uniformity of the pieces within a chess set – a player’s unfamiliarity with a particular chess set could affect the outcome of the game. Complaints such as these led to the search for a standard design of chess pieces. On September 1, 1849, #58607 – An Ornamental Design for a Set of Chess-Men was registered by Mr. Nathaniel Cooke under the British Ornamental Designs Act of 1842.
The fact is that many of our customers prefer their sets for display rather than to be use in games. Like a fine musical instrument, a vintage luxury automobile, or a first edition classic book, the luxury chess set is to be admired. Plenty of Regency Chess sets have been purchased by individuals who only have a rudimentary understanding of the game, if any at all. In fact, these are our typical customer for luxury sets – those who wish to see the set as a design accessory or a conversation piece. When you see our finely crafted pieces of fine hardwoods it is quite simple to understand why they are strictly on display. In particular, the expertise with which the knights are designed, hand carved, and finished make them the hallmark pieces in the set. As you can see, we also sell a larger version of the knights to be used as fine paperweights – that look especially classy on a fine wooden executive desk. Whether it be with a fine glass of port, your favourite cigar, or in the company of a connoisseur, we implore you to play a game or two on these luxurious heirloom sets – as life is simply too short to deny oneself such a luxury!
And remember that the board’s aesthetic can affect game play. The alternating colors on chessboards should be muted—“soft to the eye, not glaring or highly reflective, as players study the board for hours at a time,” said Mr. Seirawan. “Tanned wood earth tones are preferred. Harsh black and red are terrible.”
B.R. from IL writes, “I just received the new chess board and it’s just beautiful! The new chessmen look great sitting on it, and I’m sure it will give me hours of pleasure playing the greatest game of all !”
Welcome to the official website of The House of Staunton. The House of has firmly established itself as the gold standard by which all chess pieces, chess boards and chess sets are judged. All of our luxury chess products, including our chess pieces, chess boards and chess sets, have been produced with the discerning chess collector in mind. We adhere to the highest quality standards and our master artisans handcraft our chess pieces, chess boards and chess sets out of such luxurious materials as Porcelain, Camel Bone, Genuine Ebony, Walnut Burl, and fossilized 40,000 year-old Woolly Mammoth Ivory. We invite you to indulge yourself and discover what countless other chess enthusiasts know – The House of Staunton is the finest chess supplier, offering chess pieces, chess boards, unique chess sets, accessories and equipment – bar none! We’re also one of the largest wholesale suppliers of chess equipment in the U.S.