cardinal rosewood palantine
Location: port moody, british columbia, canada
Date: November 25, 2018
i would like to start with the negatives of this review, first off the crown piece on the boxwood (white) king was very crooked and barely glued on, secondly, the mark of westminster stickers on the bottom of each king looked like they came out of a 10 year old’s cheap sticker book and weren’t even perfectly circular. lastly, there were visible lumps of glue on all four of the queens crowns. as i am a canadian customer after exchange,shipping and handling costs and the duty charges this set ended up costing $410.00 canadian. with that kind of price i would expect far more attention to the little details. however, the quality of the pieces overall was incredible, the shape and design is beautiful and is highlighted by the natural grain of the wood. the weighted feel of each piece is fantastic and using red leather on the bottom of each piece is a nice step up from the usual felt on other sets. this is definitely an heirloom set, and even knowing the minor defaults i would still buy this set. removing the stickers and carefully re-gluing the crown piece in properly was not a difficult or time consuming task. my only real regret is that i waited too long and missed out on getting the crimson rosewood version of this set. the detail on the knights makes them a stunning showpiece. on a scale of 1 to 10 i give this set 8.75, with the cheap stickers being the biggest reason for not giving a perfect 10 to this set. i will be purchashing a 19” macassar storage board next as a complementing highlight to these beautiful pieces.