These chess sets include our 1849 Antique Reproduction with ebony and distressed boxwood pieces. This is a precise replica of the original Jaques London chessmen first introduced in 1849. This elegant pattern designed by Nathaniel Cook and endorsed by Howard Staunton paved the way for all future Staunton designs and the numerous variations. These pieces are made from genuine ebony and boxwood with the boxwood having been artfully distressed to create the appearance of authentic vintage chessmen. Each and every piece is masterfully turned on the lathe one piece at a time to exacting standards while the knights are hand carved by the most skilled craftsmen in the field. We have matched these pieces with the best looking boards.