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      Tournament

      Our Tournament Wood Chess Boards are affordable, ideal for both serious and casual
      play, and feature the House of Staunton Logo.


      Savings of $20.00
      When Bundled with Chess Pieces!

      Standard

      Our Standard Wood Chess Boards offer the perfect combination of affordability and luxury, and are available in a variety of woods.  


      Savings of $20.00
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      Superior

      Our Superior Wood Chess Boards are designed
      for the discerning player, and available in
      a variety of exotic woods and stylized frames.


      Savings of $20.00
      When Bundled with Chess Pieces!

      African Palisander & Maple Wooden Tournament – 2.25" With Notation & Logo
      add $69.00
      Mahogany & Maple Wooden Tournament – 2.25" With Notation & Logo
      add $69.00
      Maple & Mahogany Wooden Tournament – 2.25" With Notation & Logo
      add $69.00
      Walnut & Maple Wooden Tournament – 2.25" With Notation & Logo
      add $69.00
      Padauk & Maple Wooden Tournament – 2.25" With Notation & Logo
      add $69.00
      Rosewood & Maple Wooden Tournament - 2.25" With Notation & Logo
      add $69.00
      Smoked Oak & Maple Wooden Tournament – 2.25" With Notation & Logo
      add $69.00
      African Palisander and Ash 2.25" Tournament Board
      add $69.00
      Blackwood & Bird's Eye Maple Standard Traditional - 2.25" - GLOSS FINISH
      add $179.00
      Blackwood & Bird's Eye Maple Standard Traditional - 2.25" - SATIN FINISH
      add $119.00
      Blue Erable & Bird's Eye Maple Standard Traditional - 2.25" - GLOSS FINISH
      add $139.00
      Bird's Eye Maple & Greenwood Standard Traditional - 2.25"
      add $114.00
      Burgundy Erable & Bird's Eye Maple Standard Traditional - 2.25" - GLOSS FINISH
      add $149.00
      Green Erable & Bird's Eye Maple Standard Traditional - 2.25" - GLOSS FINISH
      add $149.00
      Redwood & Bird's Eye Maple Standard Traditional - 2.25" - GLOSS FINISH
      add $149.00
      Redwood & Bird's Eye Maple Standard Traditional - 2.25" - SATIN FINISH
      add $114.00
      Rosewood & Bird's Eye Maple Standard Traditional - 2.25"
      add $104.00
      Striped Ebony & Bird's Eye Maple Standard Traditional - 2.25"
      add $114.00
      Tiger Ebony & Maple Standard Traditional - 2.25"
      add $119.00
      Teak & Bird's Eye Maple Standard Traditional - 2.25"
      add $104.00
      Walnut & Maple Standard Traditional - 2.25"
      add $104.00
      Wenge & Maple Standard Traditional - 2.25"
      add $129.00
      Brown Erable & Bird's Eye Maple Standard Traditional - 2.25" - GLOSS FINISH
      add $179.00
      Montgoy Palisander & Bird's Eye Maple Standard Traditional - 2.25"
      add $129.00
      Black Anegre & Bird's Eye Maple Standard Traditional - 2.5" - GLOSS FINISH
      add $179.00
      Elm Burl & Bird's Eye Maple Superior Traditional - 2.25"
      add $329.00
      Blackwood & Maple Superior Traditional - 2.25"
      add $179.00
      Walnut & Maple Superior Traditional - 2.25"
      add $179.00

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      Standard

      Our Premium Chess Boxes are timeless, with two large storage compartments, a lock and key, and laser-engraved House of Staunton logo.
       

      Savings of $50.00
      When Bundled with Chess Pieces

      Superior

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      Mahogany
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      Red Burl
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      Bird's Eye Maple
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      Fitted Briefcase in Red Burl
      add $99.95
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      Fitted Briefcase in Walnut Burl
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      Fitted Coffer in Mahogany
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      Fitted Coffer in Red Burl
      add $199.95
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      The Philidor Series Luxury Chess Pieces - 4.0" King

      Product Code: MENWPHL40

      Description

      The House of Staunton is proud to introduce the masterful Philidor Series Chess Set. Part of our Timeless Collection, the Philidor Series Chess set is exact reproduction of one of the least known Chess sets every produced, the Philidor Chessmen Circa 1850 Pattern Chessmen. These Chessmen feature a 4.0" King with a 1.325" Diameter base and are weighted. These Chessmen are an exact match to the original detail, down to the smallest details! 

      The History of the Philidor Chessmen - By Frank A. Camaratta, Jr.

      In 1850, an advertisement appeared in the June issue of The Chess Player’s Chronicle, Edited by Howard Staunton, Esq., announcing the availability of a new registered design for the practical play of the game of Chess. They were called The Philidor Chessmen in honor of the great 18th Century chess player Andre Duncan Philidor. The chessmen were manufactured and distributed by George Merrifield, a noted turner and carver of the time, operating at 13, Great Turnstile, Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London. The Chessmen were fully illustrated, with pricing, in the December 1850 issue of The Chess Player’s Chronicle with the following promotional text.“The Philidor Chess-Men, designed by some of the LEADING METROPOLITAN PLAYERS with a view to FITNESS FOR ACTUAL PLAY AND NON-LIABILITY TO BREAKAGE. – The Handsome folding BOARDS, to accompany them, have squares of the colors most suitable to the eye, and are embellished in an entirely novel manner. Both Men and Boards are registered.”

      The chessmen were available in two sizes, the “Club” Size and the “Second” size in ivory as well as Boxwood and Ebony, weighted. They were priced at £10-s10 and £5-s5 for the ivory, and £3-s3 and £2-s0 for the wood. Prices included a chessboard, which added around £1-s8 to the price of the large set and s14 for the small set.


      The advertisement further noted.“N.B. – to the interior of the lid of every box containing these Chess-Men is affixed a label, bearing the signature of the sole authorized Manufacturer, G. Merrifield, 33, East Street, Queen’s Square, London; by whom they are sold Wholesale and Retail, and from whom Advertising Show-Cards may be had.”


      This was an obvious attempt to imitate what was probably the first Celebrity advertisement used by Jaques of London to capitalize on the Howard Staunton name and reputation as the World’s leading chess player. Like the Jaques chessmen, each chessmen bore a small circular registration disc and each box bore a signed manufacturer’s label under the lid.


      Unfortunately, Staunton was merciless in his criticism of the new chessmen, going so far as to proclaim that using these pieces would weaken your play and that no self-respecting chess player would ever be caught using them. This was particularly interesting since the manufacturer of the Philidor chessmen apparently paid to have his new design advertisements appear in a periodical edited by Staunton himself.


      Whatever the case, the new chessmen were advertised for around a year and then disappeared. They never caught on and apparently, were not produced in any significant quantities. For that reason, examples today are nearly impossible to find and only a few Philidor sets are known to exist today.

      Layaway Available

      We're proud to offer our new Layaway program!

       

        • With Layaway, purchasing from us has never been easier or more affordable. It allows you to purchase selected House of Staunton products by making payments over time.

       

      • Simply choose the items that you wish to purchase and how many months you wish to make the payments over.We'll automatically charge your debit/credit card each month. Once you've paid for the item/s in full, they'll be sent to you. It's that simple!

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      Laser Engraving


      NOW AVAILABLE - PERSONALIZED CHESS BOXES!


      Are you looking to make that Chess gift special and something they will cherish forever?

       

      The House of Staunton is proud to offer Personalized Engraving that will allow you to customize your chess box with your personal message,creating a truly unique gift that they will be sure to love.

       

      Gift engraving is perfect for many memorable occasions, for corporate branding or simply to offer a special gift to your friends and family.

       

       

      Personalized Gifts are great for...

        

      BIRTHDAYS

      ANNIVERSARIES

      GRADUATIONS

      WEDDINGS

      NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS

      JUST BECAUSE YOU CARE!

       

      Why choose The House of Staunton to personalize your Chess Gift?

       

      Unlike the engraving shop at your local mall, the House of Staunton doesn’t not charge you up to $3.00 per character for engraving.

       

      Our prices are very affordable, with text engraving starting at just $25.00 Per Line (up to 60 Characters).  We use an industrial-grade Laser Engraver that allows us to achieve an incredible amount of detail in our engravings.

       

      Your gift should say what you want it to say and not be limited by how much it costs you to say each of those words! 

       

      Note: Only Premium Chess Boxes and Fitted Coffers can be Personalized with engraving directly on the wood.

      All other Chess Boxes, including the Fitted Briefcase, will come with a laser-engraved brass plaque when personalized.


      Qualifies for

      Discounted Chess Board Available
      Discounted Chess Box
      Layaway Plan Available

      Included with Purchase

      • Certificate of Authenticity
      • Engraved Registered Plaque
      • Individual Production Number

      Product Details

      Chess Board Included? The Chess Board featured is for photographic purposes only and must be purchased separately
      Manufacturer The House of Staunton
      King Height 4.0'' inch / 10.16 cm
      King Base Diameter 1.325" inch / 3.37 cm
      Recommended Chess Board Size 2.375'' inch / 6.0 cm
      Basepad Material Billiard Cloth
      Total Set Weight 46 ounces (1.3 kg)
      Total Number of Chess Pieces 34 Pieces (With 2 Additional Queens)

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