4 1/2" Heritage Collection Mark of Westminster Crimson Rosewood Archduke Staunton Chess Pieces
The Mark of Westminster Heritage Collection features some of the finest heirloom quality chess men available today. These chess pieces are extremely well weighted and each set includes extra queens. These Staunton chess sets feature the finest hand carved detail possible as well as red leather bases. Each set includes a certificate of authenticity as well as the Mark of Westminster logo beneath each king. This is the large Crimson Rosewood and Boxwood version of the Archduke design, and is best suited for 2 1/4" - 2 1/2" chess boards. Archduke Design: The Archduke chessmen is one of the finest chess piece sets available today. The knights are fully carved horses rearing as they prepare for battle. The unqiue wide-mouthed bishop and rounded cross for the king add additional detail to an already amazing set. This chess set is quite obviously delicate so it is best suited as a display piece. These chess pieces are Crimson Rosewood and Boxwood, which are most often paired with Mahogany and Macassar chess boards, but will also go with most dark woods as well. Crimson Rosewood 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. 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.
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