Chess Sets That Never See A Single Game
There are many examples of beautiful creations that never get used for the purpose to which they were intended. The car that sits in a collection never being driven, the priceless violin that never gets played, the first edition that never gets read. There are many examples of objects of desire that are seen as too precious, too valuable and too attractive to be used for the purpose they were designed for. One such example is the market for vintage guitars. Most guitar players agree that old vintage guitars are far superior to modern ones yet virtually all of the great examples sit in the collections of wealthy individuals and never get played. One could argue this is quite a travesty.
One might have assumed that this scenario would never replicate itself with a chess set but as a professional chess set retailer for over five years I have sold plenty of sets that I know will never get used for a game of chess. Indeed some customers are quite up front about this fact and some even reveal that they can't actually play chess. Even if one had never experienced the game of chess they would still consider a fine chess set something to behold. A chess set isn't an ornament, it's thirty two beautifully made ornaments, each one made as perfectly as the next.
It is fair to say that some chess sets are so luxury, so opulent and so finely crafted that one could be perfectly justified in not wanting to damage or mark the set in any way by playing a game of chess with it. When you consider some of the precision detail that goes into carving four identical Knights it's little wonder that these sets are considered too precious to play with.
As well as sets being far too posh for play there has also been a growing trend for people using a chess set, even a modest one, as a show piece or ornament for the house in which they live. Indeed it's a great talking piece and a sign of sophistication, something that will always be a lot more interesting than your average vase or porcelain. One factor that we found often blighted peoples desire to put a chess set on show in the house was size. Most luxury chess sets on sale are large and require a board size of twenty inches which unless you live in a palace is unlikely to fit on your side board or dresser. This is why we introduced some supreme sets of luxury chess pieces is a smaller size that allows for a sixteen or seventeen inch chess board, something that goes into the average sized living space a lot easier.
To sum up I should say that it's no crime to buy a beautiful chess set and never play chess with it. It's been made for it's beauty and collectability and is something generations to come will enjoy and value. Who knows, one of them may even brave their inheritance and use it for a game or two.