French Lardy Staunton Wooden Chess Set with 82mm (3.25") King, 41cm (16") Folding Chess Board
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New Release French Lardy Staunton Chess Set with 82mm (3.25") King in Premium Grade Acacia Rosewood (Acacia Rhodoxylon) includes a 41cm (16") Folding Chess Board/Presentation Case & 2 FREE Extra Queens
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 50's and 60's Lardy must have exported very large numbers of chess sets to the major market USA and England, where they were commercialised 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 Tournament Standard *French Lardy Staunton Chess Pieces set is made from Premium Grade Acacia Rosewood and Boxwood, are beautifully designed and hand crafted to standards beyond what you will normally find in other Chess sets in this range. The Chess set has a 82mm (3.25") tall king and includes 2 Free Extra Queens. All Chess pieces are heavily weighted with luxurious billiard cloth base pads and a hand polished lacquer finish producing a beautiful lustre. This tournament standard Chess set has all of the features that an avid chess player and collector looks for in an original Staunton chess set.
Also included is a master crafted wood inlaid folding Chess Board/box combination is made from Premium Grade Acacia Rosewood and White Maple and the interior is lined with luxurious billiard cloth. The presentation case interior is equipped with a special inlaid tray of EP foam with individual cut outs for safe storage of the Chess Pieces. The Chess board when fully open measures 41cm X 41cm (16" X 16"), has a semi gloss finish that provides a robust playing surface and a contrasting Ebony Border.
This luxury presentation master crafted Chess Set combination package represents outstanding value for money, exceptionally high in quality and has appeal and Artistic Flare.
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.
"An exact reproduction of one of the most famous Chess sets ever produced and has been used at every major Chess event for the past 10 years!"