16" Ebonized Legionnaires Executive Chess Set
Mark of Westminster Chess Pieces are the paradigm of perfection in wood staunton chess piece design. The premier chess pieces by Mark Of Westminster have been known for their heirloom quality. Each chess set is exclusive, with a printed certificate of authenticity that serves as a lifetime warranty for natural defect. Each chess piece is hand-carved, has green felt-bottoms and extra queens.
The Legionnaires design is one of the most traditional styles of the Mark of Westminster line, and is comparable to the famous Jacques line stylistically. These chess pieces are Ebonized and Boxwood.
Ebonized Chess Pieces are actually Boxwood pieces lacquered black, giving them a pure black appearance almost identical to ebony, but for a fraction of the cost. Boxwood Chess Pieces are the near universal standard for 'white' chess pieces in hand-carved sets. It is a fairly easy wood to work with, and shows off good detail.
The Executive chess boards by Mark of Westminster are premier, furniture quality, real-wood veneer inlays. This style, available only through the Mark of Westminster line, maximizes the square to border ratio in order to fit a larger square on a smaller table. It also has a sharp, black pinstripe, enabling the board to go with nearly any decor. Less than 100 of these chess boards are produced each year, and each come with a certificate of authenticity with serial number.
Ebonized Birds Eye Maple is for the individual looking for a pure black board. The dark squares are lacquered black with a matte finish, which has no grain whatsoever. Birds Eye Maple is known to have a number of knots and curls which can sometimes be seen in the light squares of these boards. The maple is a good complement to the boxwood used in chess pieces, so this board complements all types of woods, although particularly well with ebonized or ebony chess pieces.
Chess Set Details:
Below is a chart of approximate weights of all pieces. Please note these are estimates as slight variations can occur in hand carved items
||Chess Set Weight
||~1 lb 7 oz
||3lb 10 oz
Chess pieces hand-carved in India. Chess board made in Spain.