The Camaratta Collection - The 1852 Paulsen Series Chess Pieces - 4.4" King
The House of Staunton is proud to offer the 1852 Paulsen Series Chess set from the Frank Camaratta Collection. A full club-sized Chess set, it features a 4.4" King with a 1.925" diameter base. The Chess pieces are hand carved by our master artisans and crafted out of the highest grade woods. The Chess pieces are heavily weighted with luxurious billiard cloth base pads and a beautiful finish. The form, board presence and exquisite craftsmanship of these magnificent chessmen have been recaptured and are offered to you.
The House of Staunton is proud to offer the 1852 Paulsen Series Chess set from the Frank Camaratta Collection. A full club-sized Chess set, it features a 4.4" King with a 1.925" diameter base. The Chess pieces are hand carved by our master artisans and crafted out of the highest grade woods. The Chess pieces are heavily weighted with English leather embossed pads for the King's and the other pieces have luxurious billiard cloth base pads and a beautiful finish. The form, board presence and exquisite craftsmanship of these magnificent chessmen have been recaptured and are offered to you.
As with all of our Chess sets, the 1852 Paulsen Series exemplifies a perfect combination of distinct beauty and functionality. It has been designed to withstand the rigors of practical play while maintaining an elegance which has become the hallmark of a House of Staunton chess set. The design, quality and craftsmanship of this set is UNMATCHED by any set of Chessmen in its price range. Nothing even comes close!
The Chessmen are new and each set consists of 34 Chessmen, including four Queens, a standard that was introduced by The House of Staunton in 1993.
About Frank Camaratta
Frank Camaratta, the Maestro, has been involved in the World of Chess for over 60 years. Initially a player, having achieved the rank of International Master, Frank broadened his horizons, involving himself in chess promotion & governance, chess collecting and chess design research. He also has produced several chess-related patents, the most significant of which is Time Delay. Frank is today considered the foremost authority of Jaques and other Staunton and pre-Staunton chessmen, having written numerous articles on the subject.
Mr. Camaratta founded The House of Staunton in 1990, primarily collecting and dealing in antique chess equipment. It was during that period that inspiration struck to instill Old world craftsmanship and pride into present-day chessmen. In pursuit of that goal, Frank retired from his position as an Engineering Director on the Space Shuttle Program in 1998 to devote full time to making his vision a reality, which he did after spending years of research and study in to Staunton and pre-Staunton designs. The House of Staunton has emerged as the World’s leading producer of Pre-Staunton and Staunton chessmen, as well as numerous artistically-inspired sets, which are unmatched in design, accuracy and craftsmanship.
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Chess Board Included?
The Chess Board featured is for photographic purposes only and must be purchased separately
Antiqued Boxwood, Genuine Ebony, Natural Boxwood
Fitted Coffer Compatible?
Fits in Fitted Coffer
4.4'' inch / 11.18 cm
King Base Diameter
1.925" inch / 4.89 cm
Recommended Chess Board Size
2.5" inch / 6.4 cm
The Kings Feature English Leather Embossed with Frank Camaratta Signature™
Median Set Weight
Total Number of Pieces
34 Chess Pieces, including 2 Additional Queens (for Pawn Promotion)
DGT eBoard Compatible
Included with Purchase
Certificate of Authenticity
Engraved Registered Plaque
Individual Production Number
What is Kingside Stamping?
Kingside stamping was part of the original Staunton Pattern design, consisting of a King's Crown stamped into the Rook and Knight that started on the right side (or King's Side) of the chessboard. In Descriptive notation, it is useful for distinguishing between the Kingside and Queen's Side pieces.
Whether you use them in your chess strategy or for historical decoration, we offer kingside Stamping on some of our chess sets!
I recently purchased the black and natural lacquered 1852 Paulsen set from HOS, and you should too! It is a wonderful and accurate reproduction of the types of sets made, right after the design of chess pieces were first standardized. This purchase, is the 15th set that I now own from HOS. No regrets!
This 1852 Paulsen 4.4" set is way more than I expected. To have this set in front of my own eyes and feel the weight in my hands is something pictures can't do justice too. This is truly a BEAUTIFUL chess set.
First off, Thank you Mr. Camarata again for allowing me to aquire another absolutely beautiful chess set at a very affordable price.
I am also amazed at the quality of packaging this set arrived in. Nicely Double boxed for protection.
The inner H.O.S. box has 2 nice cardboard trays that slide out and have thick form fitting foam that hold pieces like in a coffer tray. Then thin nice bubble wrap to protect the top of each tray too. This House of Staunton box can easily be used as a nice storage box until a wooden Box or Coffer can be purchased if one desires to give this set an elevated nicer place to rest.
The Certificate and Plaque are 1st Class. They're beautiful. The #PO11-BN was special to me too. What a coincidence, my favorite number throughout my life has been 11. It was meant to be.
Again, thank you very much.
Review byTony M.
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