Lot #526. Reproduction Cooke Style Staunton Chessmen


Reproduction Cooke Style Staunton Chessmen.

Historical Background and Articles
The Staunton Registration Drawing

Offered here is a set of Reproduction Cooke Style Staunton Chessmen, created by noted Staunton authority, Frank Camaratta. It is an exact rendition of the original Nathaniel Cooke Staunton Chessmen as they appeared in 1849. This is a weighted tournament-size set featuring a 3-3/8″ King with a 1.7″ diameter base. Each of the chess pieces rests atop green English baize base pads. These Reproduction Cooke Style chessmen are accurate – right down to the impression of a red king’s crown on the summits of one Knight and Rook from each army to designate the Kingside piece and the facsimile green registration lozenge under the base of each of the chess pieces. Also included with your new set of Cooke Staunton chessmen is an accurate reproduction of the white facsimile label and small green Staunton sticker to be affixed to any suitable storage box. The images provided each show a comparison of the Knight from the reproduction set in Boxwood with the corresponding antique Jaques 1849 Nathaniel Cooke Knight.

The set being offered is crafted from antiqued Boxwood and pure Gabon Ebony. The Chessmen are new. Each set consists of 34 Chessmen, including an extra pair of Queens to facilitate Pawn Promotion, now a standard that was introduced by Mr. Camaratta over 25 years ago. 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.

The reproduction Cooke Style Staunton Chessmen are turned and hand-carved by our master artisans and crafted out of the highest grade woods. The design of these 1849 Cooke Chessmen exemplify a perfect combination of distinct beauty and functionality. They have been designed to withstand the rigors of practical play while maintaining an elegance which has become the hallmark of all Frank Camaratta creations. The chessmen are accompanied by a correct Facsimile white Manufacturer’s label. A premium Mahogany storage box and suitable chessboard are available at extra cost.

The design, accuracy, quality and craftsmanship of this set is UNMATCHED by any set of Chessmen at any price.  Nothing even comes close! Here’s your chance to own a set of tournament-sized Reproduction Nathanial Cooke Style Staunton chessmen exactly as they looked when they first appeared in retail outlets in September of1849. These magnificent Chessmen are made available on a very limited basis. The Reproduction Cooke Style Staunton chessmen play and display best on a chessboard with 2-1/8″ or 2-1/4″ squares. The chessboard shown is not included. A suitable Jaques chessboard can be ordered separately here. A wide selection of new and antique chessboards can be found here. An extensive inventory of antique and contemporary chess timers can be found by clicking here. Finally, a brief history of the John Jaques company and the Staunton chessmen can be found here and here. An image comparing the Reproduction with an original is provided for your comparison.

The Frank Camaratta and House of Staunton names are now recognized World-Wide as synonymous for quality and exquisite design – the chessmen for those with exquisite taste. The perfect gift for the man or woman who has everything. They are so well respected that they even made the comics!

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Additional information

Weight8 lbs
Dimensions12 × 12 × 10 in

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