Nathaniel Cook Antique Palisander Mahogany Chess Set

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1849  Reproduction Chessmen

Nathaniel Cooke was the designer of a set of chess figures, which is now the standard set.

He registered his design at the UK Patent Office on 1 March 1849. As he was the editor of The Illustrated London News, the newspaper where Howard Staunton wrote a regular chess column, he asked Staunton to advertise his chess set. Staunton did so in his column on 8 September 1849, and the set became famous under the name Staunton Chess Set.

Cooke's name was misspelled as "Cook" on the 1849 patent, and the misspelling has propagated in chess literature since then. The correct spelling can be found in numerous documents, including his listings in the London Directories (see sidebar) as well as official announcements of the marriage of his daughter Harriet Ingram Cooke, to John Jaques II, son of John Jaques, owner of the company that first manufactured the Staunton pieces in 1849 (see sidebar).

The English chess master, Howard Staunton, promoted this set at the first international chess tournament in 1851. Its clearly distinguishable pieces soon became the competition standard known as the 'Staunton' set. 

The set has embellishments pioneered by Jaques of London which include the king side stamping (see images)

 Palisander Chess Board

 A luxurious high gloss coated 21 inch chess board is constructed of Palisander Ebony and Maple.

The squares each have a generous 55 mm to accommodate a wide variety of chess pieces, making this a versatile board perfect for most 4 to 4.4 Inch sets.


Solid Mahogany Chess Box

This beautifully hand made box is unsurpassed in both design and practicality. It is solid mahogany with a black delimiter stripe accentuating this superb quality chess box. Complete with brass fittings, key and lock with tassel.

Height of Sovereign
4.4 Inch
2.00 Inch
Weight of Ebony Sovereign
124  grams
Materials Used
How many Queens?
 Chessboard Square Size

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