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The 1820 Thomas Lund English Chess Pieces - The Camaratta Collection - 4.4" King

The House of Staunton is proud to offer the The 1820 Thomas Lund English Chess Pieces Chess Pieces. A full club-sized Chess set, it features a 4.4" King with a 1.5" diameter base. The Chess pieces are hand carved by our master artisans andcrafted out of the highest grade woods. The Chess pieces are heavily weighted with a beautiful finish.

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The House of Staunton is proud to offer the The 1820 Thomas Lund English Chess Pieces Chess Pieces. A full club-sized Chess set, it features a 4.4" King with a 1.5" diameter base. The Chess pieces are hand carved by our master artisans andcrafted out of the highest grade woods. The Chess pieces are heavily weighted with a beautiful finish. One rook from each army feature English Leather Embossed with Frank Camaratta Signature.

As with all of our Chess sets, the Valencia 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.

The Chess Set comes with a Individually Numbered Certificate of Authenticity and an original manufacturer's plaque indicating the production number, with an adhesive backing that would allow it to be affixed to the underside of a Chess box.

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
Material(s) Antiqued Boxwood, Genuine Ebony
Fitted Coffer Compatible? Fits in Fitted Coffer
King Height 4.4'' inch / 11.18 cm
King Base Diameter 1.5'' inch / 3.81 cm
Recommended Chess Board Size 2.5" inch / 6.4 cm
Basepad Material One Rook From Each Army Feature English Leather Embossed with Frank Camaratta Signature
Median Set Weight 45.2 Ounces
Total Number of Pieces 34 Chess Pieces, including 2 Additional Queens (for Pawn Promotion)

History of the Chess Pieces

This design, with the distinctive ribbed baluster bodies, the Maltese cross and feather finials surmounting the Kings and Queens, and the very distinctive canopied Rook, is an early 19 th century design produced in the workshop of Thomas Lund located at 57 Cornhill in London. Thomas had several occupations, but one of them was the manufacture of chess sets from the early 1800’s until his death in 1843. After the death of Thomas, William took over his father’s Cornhill premises. William Lund was initially located at 23-24 Fleet Street around 1835 and appeared in the London Trade Directories starting around 1845. William Lund continued to produce chess sets throughout the 1800s.  

Lund Pattern chessmen are a subset of the English Playing sets produced in England during the 19 th century. The term English Playing Set is used to describe a range of chess sets in common use in the early 19 th Century that were designed specifically for serious play. English. Aside from Thomas and William Lund, English Playing Sets were produced by John Calvert, John Jaques, George Merrifield, Fischer, Hezekiah Dixon and Charles Hastilow, among others. The popularity of these designs gradually waned after the introduction of the Staunton Pattern chessmen in September of 1849.

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Included with Purchase

  • Certificate of Authenticity
  • Engraved Registered Plaque
  • Individual Production Number

Warranty

The House of Staunton warranties this item to be free from manufacturing defect for a period of one year from the date of purchase.


Please click here to download a copy of our warranty and guide to caring for your House of Staunton Chess Pieces.

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