luxury chess set
LUXURY CHESS SET
Our luxury chess set is perfect for a player of any skill level; for those who love a game in the evening to those who play competitively.
Handmade in our Essex workshops these stunning and vibrant chess set are nothing short of beautiful; created to stay on display they can take pride of place in your living room inviting everybody to play.
STAUNTON CHESS SET
This stunning board features our classic Staunton chess set which works harmoniously with this beautiful piece of leatherwork. This luxury chess board features a printed leather chess board with a 51mm chequer sits inside the plinth which then is lifted up to store the 3.75″ triple weighted chessmen stowed snugly in their individual black felt compartments.
As with all our products, this board is handmade to order. This enables us to offer a high level of customisation, but it does take time to make.
3.75 Triple Weighted Staunton Chess
£1,500.00 – £3,660.00
Our luxury chess plinths are as iconic as the game itself, hand bound in leather on our signature scallop-sided plinth. These sets are available in our specialist gaming calf leather and exotic water-snake across different sizes & styles of chessmen.
£3,550.00 – £4,330.00A special edition chess set celebrating this mementoes match. Still thought of as “THE” World Championship game all others are judged by.
Reykjavik, Iceland 1972 sees at the height of the Cold War, the young brash American genius; Bobby Fischer, take on the dependable and seemingly unbeatable Russian, Boris Spassky for the World Chess Championship.
After much drama, Fischer finally won the Championship. Spassky returned home to the USSR in disgrace as this was seen as much as a defeat of political ideology as the loss of a chess match! However, he continued to play on; winning the Soviet title again the following year. Fisher’s life was one of turmoil and culminated in his passing a few years ago almost destitute in the very place where his fame and fortune was won, in Reykjavik.
We offer this historic Staunton pattern, these are hand carved in Boxwood and Ebony as they were back in 1972 and by Jaques of course; and celebrate this match by embossing the King’s bases of the chess piece with the legend “Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 – Jaques London – Howard Staunton” and with a facsimile of Howard Staunton’ s signature in either gold or silver. Extra Queens are provided as standard and the King size is 89 mm/ 3.5″.
A pair of handsome leather book-boxes, a Geoffrey Parker classic design of the same period; is reproduced again with suede “pages” and gold embossing to each spine with the same legend as the King’s bases. A matching inlaid leather chessboard finishes this collector’s piece.
£4,420.00 – £50,000.00The original award-winning design…
Created by Geoffrey in the 1960’s evolving through a number of designs and metals – always with leather inlays; editions were tried in brass, aluminium and eventually, London hallmarked Sterling silver with 3 microns of gold leaf was settled on as the final design.
Going on to win the Design Centre award for their 1977 edition which was created to celebrate HM The Queen’s Silver Jubilee. A matching inlaid leather chessboard was created with a Sterling silver-gilt hall-marked frame which is, in turn, inlaid with leather also.
A pair of beautiful suede lined leather-bound book-boxes keep these previous pieces safely. Since those days we have introduced on almost all of our chess sets extra Queens and our Silver Jubilee set is no exception. The King’s Rook (Castle) and Knight have crowns embossed in gold to identify them from the Queen’s (the Bishops are considered “divine” without allegiance to Crown).
This magnificent set is available in any of our Dauphin calf colours (see below) or of course in Alligator, Ostrich or Water Sanke if preferred. Similarly, the set can be made just in Sterling silver or in solid Gold, rather than Silver-gilt – please ask for pricing on these different versions.
Adding a touch of fun & nostalgia to our chess sets; we utilise our printing machine to recreate a series of themed watercolour illustrations onto our luxury leather chess sets. Themed children’s chess sets include J.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit and Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. They are all completed with a set of hand-painted crushed stone & resin chessmen.
Those pieces, of course, had a significant price tag especially as the pieces had to be balanced and meet the approval of the venerable United States Chess Federation as to an ideal playing weight. Therefore with the cost of silver and gold, although this was admired by many; few could afford it in its opulent original presentation. So in the mid-eighties, Max experimented like his father with all manner of materials, from a graphite coated aluminium with extra weights but finally finishing in a solid brass with chrome plating, which looks stunning and allowed folk to own this magnificent design themselves without having to break the bank.
The King’s playing pieces; the Rook and Knight are embossed with his crown (the Bishops being divine without allegiance to Crown only to God) and of course, there is a pair of extra Queens as well. The set is hand inlaid throughout in our Dauphin calf leather (see below colour swatch). A slim leather-bound cabinet presents and protects these beautiful pieces set into black felt – a matching inlaid leather chessboard can be ordered separately.
£3,330.00 – £4,105.00
Our striking modern ‘Silver Jubilee’ chess set is the perfect luxury addition to any contemporary chess collection. Handmade to order & bound in our finest leather (a choice of Dauphin Calf or Water-Snake) these chess sets twin modern engineering with traditional leather craft.
£1,550.00 – £1,695.00
Our stunning bedouin chess set can be completed with Dauphin calf leather or watersnake depending on your preference. If you’d like to see a range of colours available in our water snake leather please don’t hesitate to get in touch.