If you are looking for an exceptional value, low price, high quality Staunton wood chess set there is no better choice. Our French Lardy Staunton originates from the classic model produced by the French Lardy Chess Company many years ago. The simple and handsome design has proven a favorite for generations of chess players. The pieces are beautifully shaped with simple detail that will withstand the wear and tear of regular use. This set features a 3.25” tall king with a base of 1.375”, an ideal set for casual games at home with family and friends. Pieces have green billiard cloth pads for a soft landing on the chess board and are nicely weighted for stability. The golden rosewood has rich golden-brown colors and a beautiful grain while the cream colored natural boxwood is the perfect wood for the white chess pieces. The pieces are hand polished and lacquered to a beautiful luster. The French Lardy continues to be one of the most popular chess sets ever made and is an excellent choice for your chess game!
- Golden Rosewood & Boxwood
- Pieces individually hand polished with solid lacquer and buffing wheel
- King Height: 3.25"
- King Base: 1.375"
- King Weight: 2 oz.
- Chess Set Weight: 32 oz.
- 2 spare queens are included for pawn promotion
- Green Billiard Cloth Pads
- Recommended Chess Board Size: 1.75" Squares (chessboard is not included)
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This is a great medium-large set of chess pieces, perfect for beginners or for someone that does not wish to spend heavily on a chess set. I have an inexpensive, but very nice wood board with 1 9/16" (1.5625") squares making a 12.5" square playing field. This set fills it very nicely and will fit well on boards with 1.5" to 1.75" squares. The white pieces are very attractive and nicely finished in boxwood with the appropriate yellow to golden color. The dark pieces are of "golden" rosewood (whatever that is - perhaps a local name for a lesser quality rosewood?). They are stained a fairly uniform brown with the wood grain remaining obvious resulting in the finish having a slight tooth (not perfectly smooth), but they look good.
All pieces are weighted giving an excellent feel to the knights, bishops, queens and kings. The rooks and pawns are less weighted. The French Lardy Staunton design is well executed, but it lacks the fine details of much more expensive sets. The pieces were well produced and proportioned on a lath with minimal hand work. The knights are stylized, but attractively so and portions of these pieces appear to be hand carved. Obviously, on a set as inexpensive as this quality craftsmanship (hand work) must be minimized. Still, this is a very attractive chess set!
One correction the base of the king is 1.25". The individual piece sizes are as follows:
King: 3.25" x 1.25" diameter
Queen: 2.85" x 1.25"
Bishop: 2.56" x 1.125"
Knight: 2.375" x 1.125"
Rook: 1.94" x 1.125"
Pawn: 1.75" x 0.95"
I thought this was a great price for the quality of the chess pieces. They are well made and sturdy. We loved the felt on the bottom, they were well attached to the pieces unlike some pieces we've had before. The pieces have worked great for us, we got them in a timely manner and we are overall very happy with the service and the product. Thank you, we will be loyal customers from now on.