Empire Lacquered Chess Pieces.
Tired of the same boring variations on the Staunton design? Searching for some truly unique chessmen to grace your favorite chess table, a new paradigm perhaps? Then here is a refreshing approach to brighten your chessic landscape – our copyrighted Modern Staunton Empire Lacquered Chess Pieces. The Empire Chessmen feature a strong hint of the Art Deco that is reminiscent of the 1920s. They completely capture the essence of a serious set of chessmen, while at the same time maintaining a look of pure elegance. With their graceful, up-swept stems and piece-to-piece design consistency, these chessmen make a statement like none other. The Empire Lacquered chess pieces are available in Natural, Black, Ivory and Red Lacquered Boxwood finishes. This is a full Club-sized Chess set that features a 4-1/2″ King with a 1-7/8″ diameter base. The Chess pieces are heavily weighted with embossed English Leather base pads under the Kings and luxurious billiard cloth base pads cushioning the others. The chessmen are housed in a Premium Mahogany box.
To cater to your creative side, this is a set of 38 chess pieces, delivered with a second set of Queens, a standard that was introduced by us in 1996, and two distinct Rook styles. The two Queens have slightly different features that allow the player to identify the promoted Queen during play. The two Rook styles are represented by a stout, stately tower that projects the proper force for a major piece on the chessboard and gracefully waisted edifice. No previous set of Chessmen have been able to so completely capture the essence of the Staunton design while maintaining a look of such elegance, simplicity and clarity. The pieces seem to melt and conform to your hand. They just feel right.
The Empire Lacquered Chess Pieces are ideal for enthusiasts and collectors that are looking for a set of heirloom quality chess pieces that is a true work of art, one that is as beautiful as it is functional. While the design of the Chessmen is elegant, don’t let that fool you – the pieces have been designed to withstand the rigors of practical play while maintaining an elegance which has become our hallmark. There are no fragile details subject to breakage, such as collars, ball finials and Queen’s crenellations normally found in conventional Staunton chessmen.
The Empire chessmen are available in several different wood combinations. Shown here are the chess pieces in Antique, Black Lacquered , Ivory and Red Lacquered Boxwood finishes. Please specify your choice of light and dark pieces when ordering. Boxwood and Ebony and Boxwood and Blood Rosewood are also available. The chess pieces are designed for play on chessboard with 2-3/8” or 2-1/2” squares. The Red Amboyna and Birdseye Maple Premium Chessboard shown here is not included. Looking for a suitable chessboard to display your new or antique heirloom? To view our extensive collection of new and antique chessboards, please click here.
The House of Staunton name is now recognized World-Wide as synonymous for quality and design – the chessmen for those with exquisite taste. They are so well respected that they even made the comics!