Lot #607. French Tournament Staunton Chessmen
French Tournament Staunton Chessmen.
Offered here is a set of early 20th Century French Tournament Staunton Chessmen, Natural and Black lacquered Boxwood, weighted and felted. The King stands 3.4″ tall with a 1.4″ diameter base. The summits of the Kingside Rooks and Knights are stamped with the red King’s crown emblem. The Knights are somewhat crudely carved and there is some minor wear to the lacquered finish. One Black Bishop appears slightly different than the others and is probably from a different cutting. These sets seem to have been produced after WWI, probably around 1925 – 1940. The Chessmen are housed in a replacement tin confectioners box, manufactured by George Bassett and Company in Sheffield. The tin is fashioned to resemble a Treasure Chest. The chessmen are in good condition and would make an nice, sturdy playing set. These Staunton chess pieces play and display best on a chessboard with 2-0″ squares. For a complete selection of our finest new and antique chessboards, please click here. An extensive inventory of antique and contemporary chess timers can be found here.