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There are plenty of chess sets out there that are good, but why get good when you can get breathtaking. That’s right, take one look at this medium sized chess set and you’ll be at a loss for words. Th…

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!

In addition to the bog standard boards we also sell a superb range of luxury boards. When you consider the quality of some chess pieces it seems silly to place such things on a basic chess board. If you want to give your luxury chess pieces the chess board they deserve then our range of luxury chess boards is the place to choose from. There is something magical about seeing the reflection of the chessmen in the surface of the board. Another aspect of our boards worth boasting about is the fine hand inlays of rich wood veneers. Our Italian chess boards are all hand inlaid to perfection from stunning cuts of richly grained woods. All of these fine examples are available through our website at an unbeatable price.

Chess board set. This modern chess set is manufactured with the finest quality of marble while keeping in. the modern touch of luxury. Handmade White and Green Onyx Original Marble Full Chess Game Set…

I have a very nice 3.5″ wood set from TheChessStore, and I can vouch for their high quality. The set you are looking at from eBay should be a very nice quality set that I think you would be very pleased with.

The House of Staunton has 2,000 chess books and Chess Magazines, in stock and ready to ship, including hundreds of rare and out-of-print chess books that aren’t available anywhere else! Shop for chess books today!

P.M. from OK writes, “The chess set I ordered from you came in mint condition, expertly wrapped and it is a work of art. It is rare to find items crafted so well and I will certainly recommend The House of Staunton to others.”

As well as flat boards, there is a vast range of folding chessboards. These are hinged boards that can become a casket to keep the pieces in. This is a clever way to store your whole chess set in a convenient, easily transportable box. The chequered board becomes the decorative design on the outside of the box. Simple and clever!

I have been burned twice in buying chess sets from less than reputable dealers. These “chess experts” claim they are selling the best thing since cream cheese, and then send me a set with uneven weights, miscolored pieces and overall bad workmanship. My biggest and most annoying experience has been with weights 1/2 popping out of the bottom of pieces, so they sit unevenly on the board. In other words, the bottoms are not 100% flat with the weight. Is this common amongst Staunton sets? I am guessing this is just a sign of bad workmanship.

The design offered functional benefits that hold up today. The varying heights of the pieces reduced the chance that pawns could “hide” behind other pieces, said Jon Crumiller, one of the foremost collectors of antique sets and a tournament player himself.

Now that spring is here the need to get out on the garden is ever present, the smell of freshly cut grass wafts through our open windows while the sun beams down on the cars being washed on the drive way. A sure sign that the days are longer, neighbours are chatting over the fence again, spring is here and summer is on it’s way. Now that The Regency Chess Company has begun stocking a range of outdoor chess sets you can enjoy your favourite game in the fresh air. We have added a selection of durable outdoor chess games and a draughts set too. We have always said that no home should be without a set, but need to extend the statements to gardens too.

With plastic chess pieces from the House of Staunton, you’ll never have to sacrifice quality for low cost. The House of Staunton is firmly committed to offering the finest plastic chess pieces in the world, and making them available at reasonable prices. Bulk pricing discounts also available!

R.G. from Alaska writes, “I have just received my order of Professional Series chess pieces. I must say that they are gorgeous! I felt I was treated as if one of the family in the way the order was taken and delivered. I’m a very happy customer!”

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 of Chess-Men was registered by Mr. Nathaniel Cooke under the British Ornamental Designs Act of 1842.

Heat things up with our fiery red chess boards! Our grey and red Briar board includes dramatic texture that appears almost liquid as it winds through each deep red and dark grey square. Our glossy black and red version includes a similar fluid texture complemented by the stark contrast of intense red on solid black.

B.F. from Idaho writes,”My plastic Collectors chess set arrived today, and I must tell you, Yes, to me it IS well worth what I paid for it. It is massive, heavy, elegant and high-class. A true work of art.”

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Looking for a new chess clock? The House of Staunton has the widest selection of chess clocks on the Internet. We proud feature all major brands of digital and mechanical chess clocks, in stock and ready to ship at the lowest prices!

Please don’t believe for a second that this is real solid wood.. It’s not it’s a very very thin veneer walnut that is paper thin. I took this board and lightly sanded it to inlay into a game table I built. Guess what? The chess squares totally disappeared to a cheap particle board base. Do not, Do not buy this chinese piece of junk. Buy solid wood….THIS IS NOT!!!!

Our complete product repertoire is in stock at our UK located warehouse ready for instant dispatch and next day delivery. Our products are imported from all around the world & we also ship globally and offer a free delivery option within the UK mainland.

Some very early chess boards were made of leather. There are also boards made of stone, but mankind’s quest for novelty and originality has produced an overwhelming variety of unusual chessboards. There are boards where the squares have become circles. There is a board with an undulating Dali-like surface with peg holes to fit the pieces. Also a board that has scalloped squares on which the pieces can rock and spin. There are even chess boards made of pastry, using pieces made with pastry cutters…mmmmmm, tasty!

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