French Lardy Tournament Staunton Wooden Chess Pieces Set with 95mm (3.75") King
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New Release French Lardy Tournament Staunton Chess Pieces Set with 95mm (3.75") King in Golden Rosewood & Bonus Chess 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 Tournament Standard 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 95mm (3.75") tall king, all Chess pieces are double 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 and professional Tournament size Chess set, 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!
Beautiful pieces. Perfect weighted and sized pieces. The quality is perfect. These are going to make a wonderful gift that will last a lifetime.
I've always been a fan of the French Lardy style Chess pieces and up until now have only ever owned that style in a plastic finish. I think this set as sold by Chess Store Australia is excellent value for money. The pieces themselves are well weighted and the craftsmanship is great. I'm very happy with them. I can't recall the base diameter of the King in this set (Chess Store Australia please post this sort of info. up on the site , helps others work out what board size they need!) but I remember them being well suited to a '50mm Chess sized playing square' board I have. The only reason I don't give it a full 5 stars is that I found quite a bit of colour and grain variation with the finish of the Rosewood pieces. Could have been better in my view. Again this is just an opinion, and your views may vary
I picked up my parcel and I'm very happy with the chess set.
I love that they are properly weighted as the set I have currently is not. Thank you