18" Mark of Westminster Cardinal Rosewood Hoplites Executive Chess Set
This chess set is shown on our 18" Macassar and Maple Executive Style Chess Board but several wood options are available to best suit your personal style and taste. Each color currently available is shown. Chess pieces made in India. Chess board made in Spain. Deluxe humidor style storage box optional.
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, weighted, has felt bottoms, extra queens, and the signature Mark of Westminster Logo beneath the king.
The Hoplites design brings a classic, tournament style look of the king and queen with a more elaborate knight. These chess pieces are Cardinal Rosewood and Boxwood, which can suit virtually any board color, however Mahogany, Macassar, and Walnut chess boards are most popular.
Cardinal Rosewood Chess Pieces vary from medium to dark brown, and is preferred due to is handsome, elegant appearance and strong grain variation. As a midrange wood, it is more affordable than some of the more exotic rosewoods, but still has a suitably rich appearance. 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 annually and each comes with a certificate of authenticity with serial number.
Macassar is one of our more exotic woods, with a reddish milk-chocolate brown color and an excellent finish. The species is a member of the true Ebony genus. Macassar ebony is reported to be rare and is one of the most expensive timbers on the commercial market. The heartwood is black with wide reddish or reddish brown streaks. The combination of colors is reported to make the wood an attractive choice. The grain is typically straight rows.