‘French Regency’ (King = 89mm) Chess Set, plus an original solid storage box with a sliding lid in good considering its long life.
Please note that no games board is supplied. This complete and matching 32 piece chess set possesses a quite endearing character, as well as being cute and quirky. This style of chess design has a long-gone French history. These incredibly well turned/carved, super smooth pieces. Whilst there is no proof, this set was probably made by ‘Lardy International’ of France, decades before they closed their business in the 1980’s; they were based in Dortan, close to the ‘Jura’ near to the extensive forests, which included the all-important close-grained, slow-growing ‘Boxwood’ timber species. The main clue to their brand identity is in those classic, realistic ‘Lardy’ beautifully detailed and carved stallion heads of the Knights. The ‘white’ side is a natural, mellowed polished/glazed honey colour.
The ‘French Regency’ chess style is sophisticated, elongated and elegant. Its design was the forerunner to the English ‘Staunton’ pattern for competition/ tournaments before it was replaced by the Staunton/Cooke/Jaques pattern in the mid-1920’s by F.I.D.E. (World Chess Federation) Overseas buyers are welcome on the understanding that ‘International Tracked and/or Signed’ delivery service is accepted, both for the Buyer’s and Seller’s ‘peace of mind’. Other import fees/Customs duties/additional handling costs are the responsibility of the Buyer. Please note that no games board is supplied.