23" Mark of Westminster Ebony & Padouk Tyrant Staunton Luxury 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 felt-bottoms and extra queens.
The Tyrant Staunton Chess Pieces are some of the most exciting high luxury chessmen we've brought in to our store. This set features high quality, hand carved wooden pieces made of exotic woods with one very important disctinction that sets it apart from other high-end chess sets. Instead of the traditional bust of a horse for the knight, the Tyrant Staunton features a detailed, hand carved dragon. This piece features a wide open mouth with sharp teeth and two actual bone horns behind the head. Certainly, this is one of the most ferocious chess sets available. Additionally, these chess pieces come with three different finials for crosses so you can chose between a more standard cross, to the Mark of Westminster W, to a more fantastical design.
What might be best about the Tyrant Staunton is it's still a very playable set of chess pieces. The pieces are all easily recognizable, so you do not have the trouble you might find with other theme chess sets.
These extremely well weighted chess pieces are Ebonywood and Padouk. Ebonywood Chess Pieces are the prize choice of many chess aficionados. The purest ebony has little grain, and is jet black in color. Ebony is an extremely rare and hard wood, and is often seen in heirloom quality chess pieces.
Padouk Chess Pieces vary from a light red to a deep red wine color, and is well regarded as one of the most exclusive exotic woods used for chess pieces. It is a hard wood, with a strong grain variation. The wide variety of colors make them quite unique, with the age of wood being the most common factor in the difference. This is a premier hardwood, compared most often in price to Ebony.
The Presidential luxury chess boards by Mark of Westminster are premier, furniture quality, real-wood veneer inlays. This style, available only through the Mark of Westminster line, is a quarter inch thicker than most other chess boards. Most noticeable, the Presidential Series has black beveled edging that brings added elegance without appearing too busy. It also a unique mosaic with maple, mahogany, and black that is not only stylish, but also brings in color that allows it to match well with virtually any chess set. These boards have felt-pad feet for protection of both the board and your own furniture. Less than 100 of these chess boards are produced each year, and each come with a certificate of authenticity with serial number.
This board stands out by pairing two darker colors for a deep, rich look. The red burl is similar to birds eye maple with a great deal of grain and character which stands in stark contrast to the pure black of the ebonized squares.
Pieces made in India, Board made in Spain. Deluxe humidor style storage box included.
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.