Jaques Staunton Ivory Chess Set in Carton Pierre Casket, 3", ca.
The Staunton chess set is composed of a particular style of chess pieces used to play the game of chess. The journalist Nathaniel Cooke is credited with the design, and they are named after the English chess master Howard Staunton. The first sets were hand signed and numbered by Staunton. They have been used around the world since. The increased interest in the game of chess , particularly in international play during the late 18th century and early 19th century, brought about a renewed demand for a more universal model for chess pieces. The variety and styles of the conventional form, begun in the 15th century, had expanded tremendously by the beginning of the nineteenth century.
Today the Staunton chess set lives on in abundance, literally thousands of sets are made every year and it continues to be the standard set among all the word's chess federations. Since the original inception all those years ago plenty of variations of the design have been created. The patent held by Jaques of London ran out some years ago so a host of producers around the world design, make and sell Staunton chess sets. Jaques of London are still trading and offer a good range of Staunton chess sets, some of which claim to be exact reproductions of their original sets. Jaques are no longer based in London, they moved to Kent some years ago.
In fact we can confidently state that to the best of our knowledge there is not another one of the same quality for sale anywhere in the world at present. Our assessment of its rarity and value is supported by the Certificate of Authenticity issued by Joe Jaques, of Jaques of London see this certificate, reproduced at the end of this presentation. We can date this set to circa so it is a rare survivor and in excellent condition, considering its age. This superb set of vintage Staunton Chessmen is contained within a Spanish Mahogany box with brass bound round edges, brass campaign handles and brass inlaid cartouche to lid and lock signed, BRAMAH with its original key.