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About The John Jaques Company and The Staunton Chessmen

Introduction This page about The John Jaques Company contains articles and images which relate to the history the Jaques company and the Staunton Chessmen. Here you will find articles and images about the Jaques company, along with the design of the revolutionary new Staunton Chessmen design, the relationship between Nathaniel Cooke and the Jaques family, and a little insight into Howard Staunton, the man and the Chess player. The John Jaques Company, formerly located in London, is the oldest games company and sports manufacturer in the world. They have been manufacturing chess sets…

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The Carrara Chess-men

The Carrara Chess-men Introduction Figure 2 The Staunton chessmen design was registered on 30 March, 1849, by Nathaniel Cooke and first offered to the public for sale in September of that year. It is well known that Jaques was the exclusive producer of the Staunton chessmen and that these chessmen were made in Boxwood and Ebony as well as “the finest African Ivory”. But did Jaques also “produce” the Staunton chessmen in Wedgwood Carrara or in Boxwood and Rosewood? The Jaques Carrara Chessmen There is ample evidence that Jaques advertised…

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