New Empire Modern Staunton Chessmen, Boxwood and Ebony.
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 – the New Empire Modern Staunton Chessmen. The New Empire is part of the Camaratta Signature Series and features an entirely new Knight design with a strong hint of the Art Deco that is reminiscent of the 1920s. The pieces 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. This is a full Club-sized Chess set that features a 4-3/8″ King with a 1-3/4″ diameter base. The Chess pieces are heavily weighted with gold-embossed black English Leather base pads under the Kings and luxurious green billiard cloth base pads cushioning the other Chess pieces. The chessmen are housed in a Premium Mahogany box.
To cater to your creative side, this set of 42 New Empire Modern Staunton Chessmen are delivered with a second set of Queens, a standard that was introduced by Frank over 10 years ago, and two distinct Rook styles. The two Queens have slightly different features that allow the player to identify the promoted Queen during play. There are two Rook styles One, a stout, stately tower that projects the proper force for a major piece protecting the King side. The second is a gracefully executed edifice with a hyperbolic profile protecting the Queen side. Appreciating differing tastes, the set consists of eight Rooks, four of each design. Also included, along with the four new Knights, are four Knights of an alternate design (shown on the right) that were produced, but deemed out of character. Only four Ebony sets will be offered with these extra Knights. The remainder of the series will ship with the usual four Knights.
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 design, quality and craftsmanship of this set is UNMATCHED by any set of Chessmen in its price range. Nothing even comes close! Aside from the Collector Series, the New Empire Modern Staunton is perhaps the most copied of all the Camaratta designs. These chessmen have even been copied and sold under the Ferrari brand in Black and Red lacquer.
The New Empire Modern Staunton Chessmen 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 the hallmark of a Frank Camaratta-designed chess set. There are no fragile details subject to breakage, such as collars, ball finials and Queen’s crenelations normally found in conventional Staunton chessmen.
The New Empire Modern Staunton Chessmen are available in several different wood combinations. Shown here are the chess pieces in Boxwood and Ebony. Future iterations will offer the pieces in several exotic wood choices. 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.