Antique Type 10 Staunton Chessmen, Tournament Size.
Shown here is a set of Antique Type 10 Staunton Chessmen, Tournament size. These vintage chessmen are Boxwood and Ebony, unweighted, and rest atop green baize base pads. The King stands 3.4″ tall with a 1.6″ diameter base. A small King’s finial belies its true size. A comparison with a Tournament size Jaques King is shown for comparison. The Kingside Knights and Rooks are not differentiated. However, the Knights are rather nicely carved for a set of Type 10 Staunton Chessmen and slightly resemble those found in the early sets made by Richard Whitty.
Some distinguishing characteristics of these chessmen are their stout bodies and broad bases. These chess pieces have a very imposing board presence. The Rooks are particularly stout and aggressive appearing and the Queens have rather unusual crenelations. The crown is quite wide and has 14 points, well beyond the 8 to 10 normally found on other Staunton sets. The King sports a small, but characteristic Formée cross finial and the Bishops have very deep, wide miters. The chess pieces are housed in what appears to be their original hinge-top box with a facsimile green Staunton Chessmen label affixed to the underside of the lid. Although there is no definitive supporting evidence, based on experience and the appearance of the chessmen cited earlier, these particular chessmen would have been produced in the mid 1850s. The chessmen are in excellent condition for their age and have developed a very pleasing honey patina. There appears to be no damage to any of the chessmen. These Type 10 Staunton Chessmen play and display best on a chessboard with 2-1/8″ or 2-1/4″ squares.
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