French Lardy Staunton Wooden Chess Pieces Set with 82mm (3.25") King
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New Release French Lardy Staunton Chess Pieces Set with 82mm (3.25") King in Golden Rosewood & Bonus Chess Pieces Pouch
*Chess set also includes Two Free Extra Queens and a Bonus Billiard Green Cloth Pouch with Tie Cord to hold your Chess pieces.
Lardy was an important french chess piece manufacturer, situated in Dortan near Oyonnax in the French Jura, which must have closed shop around 1988. In the interwar years and even more in the 50ies and 60ies Lardy must have exported very large numbers of chess sets to the major market USA and England, where they were commercialized by games brands such as Cavalier, Drueke, Lowe,Sterling and others, as well as to smaller markets. This very likely contributed to forcing local makers like Drueke or Horn or other makers in the USA and Jaques in England to stop or reduce making quality wooden chess pieces.
Lardy Staunton sets - from the sixties onward - are easily distinguished by the typical blocky knights head - see the logo - a flat horizontal top line with a small jutting rear fin - strong striatures on head and neck for better sets, as well as bulging wooden eyes. It is of course a two piece knight. French makers always had a top line - têtes fines - and a middle line - têtes simples - as well as cheaper sets for the mass trade, with nondescript heads.
Our French Lardy Staunton Chess Pieces set is made from Premium Grade Golden Rosewood and Boxwood, are beautifully designed and hand crafted to standards beyond what you will normally find in other Chess sets in this range. This Chess set has a 82mm (3.25") tall king, all Chess pieces are weighted, have luxurious billiard cloth base pads and a hand polished lacquer finish producing a beautiful lustre. (Total 34 Chess pieces includes 2 Extra Free Queens). A very practical Chess set that has great quality at an unbelievable value!
Note: The Chessboard shown in this listing are for photographic purposes only and is not included with the purchase of these Chessmen.
All our Chessmen exemplify a perfect combination of distinct beauty and functionality. They have been designed to withstand the rigors of practical play while maintaining an elegance which has become the hallmark of a The Chess Store chess set.
The design, quality and craftsmanship of this set is UNMATCHED by any set of Chessmen in its price range and nothing even comes close!