This handsome chess set is named after Hadrian the Roman Emperor from 117 to 138. Hadrian re-built the Pantheon and constructed the Temple of Venus and Roma and is also known for building Hadrian's Wall, which marked the northern limit of Roman Britain. Hadrian was know as a great military administrator. The knight has a bridle and reigns and finely carved features including ears, eyes, mane, and mouth. The king is 4.4" tall and features an ornate finial that is unique from any other chess set in our collection. The lathe work is extraordinary with compound collars and eloquent lines turned into the base. Even the rook stands out as an extraordinary piece with its' unique parapet and crenelations. The pawns are extra-large making them easy to handle during the game. Pieces are heavily weighted and have green baize pads for a soft and cushioned feel on the chess board. Available in ebony/boxwood and padauk/boxwood wood combinations.