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Calvert Series Antique Reproduction Chessmen
Calvert Series Antique Reproduction Chessmen
Calvert Series Antique Reproduction Chessmen
Calvert Series Antique Reproduction Chessmen
Calvert Series Antique Reproduction Chessmen
Calvert Series Antique Reproduction Chessmen
Calvert Series Antique Reproduction Chessmen

What's included?

  • 32 Chessmen
  • 1 Rules booklet
  • Two year warranty

Excellent chess set - delivered promptly and very well packaged.

Google ReviewDave MorrisonReviewed 06/10/2023

We ordered a travel chess set for our Grandson's birthday present to be sent direct to him. We were kept informed of delivery progress and it arrived - as hoped - the day before his birthday. Apparently it is as good as it appeared on the website and he is absolutely thrilled with it.

Google ReviewBarneyReviewed 02/10/2023

Fabulous customer service from Paula who is an absolute credit to the company. 10 out of 10!

Google ReviewJacqui LairdReviewed 15/09/2023

Calvert Series Antique Reproduction Chessmen


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Product Description

  • Influenced by John Calvert.
  • Hand made and polished.
  • Presented in superb gift packaging.
  • Distinctive 3.75" (95 mm) king.
  • Weighted and felted.
  • Perfect on an 18" (45 cm) board.

These unique chessmen replicate the work of John Calvert of Fleet Street, who was one of the leading chess set craftsmen in the late 1700s and early 1800s. Calvert’s hand turned chessmen were recognisable for their graded knight and tulip bishop. Today we can see similarities with the traditional Staunton design, particularly in the castle-like rook, but this set of ornate chess pieces certainly has its own identity. The 3.75 inch king, for example, is a gyroscope of intricately turned layers, leading up to a bulbed top. There is no other king here at Regency chess that has such a unique style, distinctiveness courtesy of John Calvert’s 18th century design.

Style ahead of its time

It is the knight, though, that stands out from other sets the most with its sloping top and half bulb. This piece, with its sharp geometric lines, is almost art deco on its upper half, sitting atop a ringed foundation that is more familiar to the era in which it was made.

Standing next to the knight is an elegant bishop with a slim neck, and a queen that mirrors the king in an understated way, boasting fewer jewels.
Our partner craftsmen have replicated John Calvert’s design admirably, using turning techniques not a million miles away from what the great master would have used at his London workshop.

Hand made, lightly coloured

Each piece is handmade and then polished to create an antique finish. The darker pieces have been treated individually to give them a varnished hue that honours the same colour originally used with these chessmen. During the early 19th century it was fashionable for chess pieces to have a reddish colour rather than the black and dark brown figures of today.
To complement this colour we recommend matching the Calvert Reproduction Series Chessmen with a dark board between 17 and 19 inches.

In fact, the Regency Chess product team have put them on a Spanish-made board to create the Calvert Antique Reproduction Palisander Chess Set.

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Product Specifications

King Height:  3.75 inches (9.53 cm)
King Base Diameter:  1.5 inches (3.81 cm)
King Weight:  41 grams
Pawn Height:  1.8 inches (4.57 cm)
Pawn Weight:  13.6 grams
Pawn Base Diameter:  1.1 inches (2.79 cm)
Weight:  0.8 kg
Materials:  Boxwood
Number of Queens:  2

Please note that due to wood being a natural and therefore inconsistent material, weights are approximate and won't be exact. Please also be aware that this may result in colour and burl variation, and the design and precise specification of these pieces may be subject to small variations due to their handcrafted nature

Sending as a gift?

We send out all of our orders in plain packaging and without an invoice or receipt, so you can feel confident sending our products as a gift directly to the lucky recipient.

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Product Reviews

"These are elegant and imposing pieces with a lovely colour and a real presence on a board, whether it's 48 or 50 mm squares. They look bigger than other sets (I own 7) because of their design; the bishops are particularly fine, as is the King and the pawns. I love them. They are also very good value when compared to other premium sets. A fine set to play serious chess."

C , 3rd March 2021

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