Collector Cooke 1849 Bone Staunton Chessmen.
Offered here is a set of the new Collector Cooke Bone Staunton Chessmen. The set uses the Original House of Staunton Collector Staunton chessmen design but in bone, and with a Reproduction of the Jaques Nathaniel Cooke Knight. This is a Small Club-size set featuring a 4-0″ King with a 1-7/8″ diameter base. Also present are the facsimile green registration lozenge under the base of each of the chess pieces. Included with your new set of Collector Cooke 1849 Bone Staunton chessmen is an accurate reproduction of the white facsimile label and small green Staunton sticker to be affixed to any suitable new or antique storage box. In addition, the reproduction Leuchars chessboard shown (without the Carton-Pierre panels), is included.
The Collector Cooke 1849 Staunton chessmen being offered are crafted from the finest Camel Bone. The look of these pieces is almost indistinguishable from those found in the very earliest Staunton ivory sets. Note the masterful workmanship of the Knights, which are derived from the noble steeds whose visages are captured in the Parthenon frieze (expropriated between 1801 and 1812 by Thomas Bruce, 7th Lord of Elgin and since referred to as the Elgin Marbles). This distinctive, finely detailed Knight head is the hallmark of a true Staunton design. Your set is available in Natural and either Black or the original Red stained pieces. Please specify color preference when ordering. The reproduction Carton-Pierre chessboard and the reproduction Carton-Pierre box shown are not included but are available. If interested in either of these two options, please inquire for more details and cost.
These magnificent Bone Staunton Chessmen are made available on a very limited basis. The chess pieces play and display best on a chessboard with 2-1/4″ or 2-3/8″ squares. A wide selection of game timers and new and antique chessboards can be found here. A brief history of the John Jaques company and the Staunton chessmen can be found here and here.